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The Supai weekly news. : (Supai, Ariz.) 195?-1958
Place of publication:
Supai, Ariz.
Geographic coverage:
  • Supai, Coconino, Arizona  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
[M.L. Collins]
Dates of publication:
  • Ceased in 1958.
  • English
  • Arizona--Havasupai Reservation.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01270780
  • Arizona.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01204820
  • Havasupai Indians--Arizona--Newspapers.
  • Havasupai Indians.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00951979
  • Havasupai Reservation (Ariz.)--Newspapers.
  • Suapai (Ariz.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Jan. 2, 1957.
  • Latest issue consulted: September 18, 1958.
sn 95060774
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Supai Weekly News

Located in Havasu Canyon, within the Grand Canyon, and home to the Havasupai tribe is the community of Supai, Arizona. Accessible only by hiking, horseback, mule, or helicopter, the town is remote, and the Supai Weekly News offered a way to share information throughout the small community.

The Supai Weekly News appeared in the 1950s, published by Marian Collins, whose husband, Arthur Victor "Vic" Collins, was the Bureau of Indian Affairs agent to the Havasupai Indians starting in about 1952. As reported in the Arizona Republic and the Verde Independent, Vic and Marian played many roles in the community, from providing health services to handling tourism inquiries, from serving as postmaster to teaching at the Indian School in Havasu Canyon.

The Supai Weekly News was geared toward the Havasupai community. Each issue featured a list of birthdays for the week and a weather report that detailed the daily temperatures from the week prior. The publication included important news such as public health updates, the upcoming visits of a relocation officer, and notices of tribal council meetings and elections. Two to three pages in length, most issues were packed with listings of personal updates from community members. These updates often highlighted daily life, such as someone going sledding or cooking a steak dinner. These snippets of news sometimes answered questions, such as one in the June 26, 1957 issue: "All the shouting and screaming every afternoon is coming from the 'old swimming hole' where all the folks get away from the heat." The paper also sometimes took on a more poetic tone, such as in one 1959 issue: "When we go to bed at night the Valley is bright with the beautiful moonlight. When we get up early in the morning the Canyon is still light from the moon's beams. It is so pretty it makes some folks want to write poetry about it."

The paper also featured religious news about the Supai Bible Mission, the church services schedule, and the names of missionaries. The paper frequently encouraged readers to attend church services, and most issues included a bible verse.

Though initially a weekly publication, by 1959, the paper was published more sporadically and dropped "Weekly" from its name. By 1960, Vic and Marian Collins had moved to Cottonwood, Arizona, and the Supai News ceased.

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