Navajo Technical University has launched its first accredited doctoral program that will be dedicated to sustaining Diné culture and language. School officials say the program is the first of its kind among more than 30 accredited tribal colleges and universities. Navajo Tech President Elmer Guy said Friday the new offering represents a milestone for the university and a commitment to preserve the tribe’s heritage. He says it also will bolster professionals in the field. The university already offers over 30 degree and certificate programs that span science, technology and liberal arts. Diné is the Navajo word meaning “the people” and is commonly what tribal members call themselves.
Ottawa to fund five solar energy projects in Nunavut to cut reliance on diesel fuel. Ottawa will invest about $4.1 million into solar energy projects in five Nunavut communities to help cut reliance on diesel to generate electricity. The announcement was made Wednesday in Nunavut by Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal. The initiative is expected to create jobs and revenue for the five communities, plus cut their greenhouse gas emissions and their reliance on costly diesel.
Those are your headlines at this hour. I’m Colette Keith in the KIPI News center.