Arlyssa Becenti

Arlyssa Becenti

Arlyssa Becenti is a Diné journalist with 10 years experience reporting on Navajo Nation. She recently placed first for Arizona Press Club’s community investigating reporting for her series on the illegal hemp and marijuana farms in Shiprock, N.M. She was also awarded Arizona Press Club’s 2020 Nina Mason Pulliam Environmental Journalism Award for community reporting. She has reported for the daily Gallup Independent and weekly Navajo Times. She is pursuing her masters in investigative journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

Navajo Nation controller accused of fraud in COVID-testing contract

By: - October 4, 2021

Two criminal complaints against ousted Navajo Nation Controller Pearline Kirk were unsealed Thursday, Sept. 30, alleging that she illegally paid an unaccredited private company to conduct COVID tests early in the pandemic. The complaints allege that an inexperienced company known as Agile Technologies Group LLC was paid over $3 million of Navajo Nation funds to […]