In the tiny community of Birdsprings, Arizona, there’s a Navajo mother who wants to bring her baby girl home. But she can’t. Her daughter is hooked up to a machine in Phoenix. She needs a small intestine transplant. But the doctors say she can’t have one because her family doesn’t have running water.
The federal government is cleaning up a long legacy of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation. Many Navajo people have died of kidney failure and cancer-- conditions linked to uranium contamination. And new research from the CDC shows uranium in babies born today.
In 2014, an Arizona court ordered the state legislature to pay schools back for lost money. Lawmakers have since proposed a compromise to give them more than 80 percent of what they are owed. But that won’t happen unless voters approve Proposition 123 in May.