Native American Affairs

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The Gila River Indian Community broke ground on its fourth casino Tuesday.
Oct. 19, 2021
Jonah Yellowman
Conservationists and tribes were outraged when former President Trump reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah, creating a major public lands controversy. But Trump’s actions may have ultimately expanded the monument.
Oct. 12, 2021
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The Indigenous Teacher Education Program at the University of Arizona has received $2.4 million in state and federal grants to support its mission of increasing the number of Native American teachers.
Oct. 11, 2021
Tempe City Hall
The city of Tempe has opted to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day on Monday instead of Columbus Day. The City Council passed the resolution last month.
Oct. 9, 2021
Bears Ears
President Joe Biden is restoring two sprawling national monuments in Utah, reversing a decision by President Donald Trump that opened for mining and development some red-rock lands sacred to Native Americans and home to ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs.
Oct. 8, 2021
Chaco
Top officials with the largest Native American tribe in the United States are renewing a request for congressional leaders to hold a field hearing before deciding on federal legislation aimed at limiting oil and gas development around Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
Oct. 7, 2021
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President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his intent to nominate two women of color with ties to Arizona as chairs of the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts.
Oct. 5, 2021
Navajo Generating Station
Coal plant closures have resulted in lost jobs, depleted revenue for the tribes, and lasting environmental concerns on tribal lands. Under its proposed rate increase plan, APS would agree to pay the Navajo Nation more than $100 million over 10 years to compensate for losses.
Oct. 5, 2021
Navajo Nation
According to the National Congress of American Indians, more than 8,500 people have left the Navajo Nation reservation since the 2010 census due to the lack of jobs and economic opportunities.
Oct. 4, 2021
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Gabby Petito’s case has captured the nation’s attention in recent weeks as the mystery around her disappearance played out in real time on the news. But for some Native Americans, it only highlights what’s not covered so insatiably by the media: the disappearance and death of untold numbers of Indigenous women.
Sep. 28, 2021
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation Tuesday night unveiled the results of its community survey at a fundraising event tying into the fall equinox. The final draft provides insights into the next stage of growth for the area.
Sep. 21, 2021
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Congressman Raul Grijalva has introduced a bill that will require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to work more closely with organizations that specialize in Indian health care policy.
Sep. 14, 2021
A judge on Monday evening refused to block a new Arizona law allowing sports gambling to be run by professional sports teams in a decision that will allow the major gambling expansion start as planned later this week.
Sep. 7, 2021
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New sports betting laws are due to go into effect on Thursday in Arizona, but not if the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe has its say. A court hearing Monday, will decide whether to throw out a legal bid that could stop or at least delay the start of legal sports betting.
Sep. 6, 2021
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A federal judge has thrown out a Trump-era rule that ended federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways and left them vulnerable to pollution from nearby development.
Sep. 1, 2021
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Nearly 45% of Tohono O’odham Nation residents live in poverty. Only 20% have internet access. Even basic electricity is scarce across the reservation. These economic conditions present major challenges to learning and access to job training.
Aug. 31, 2021
Navajo pandemic
The number of COVID-19 cases reported on the Navajo Nation soared throughout July and August, but the outbreak on the reservation now appears to be slowing. Two weeks ago, the reservation was averaging 49 new infections per day. Now the average is 39 cases per day. But the Navajo Nation still reports uncontrolled spread in dozens of communities on the reservation.
Aug. 31, 2021
Edison-Eastlake future development site
The city has been planning to replace the housing projects with new, mixed-income housing since 2018. Now it has been discovered that the original projects were built over one of Phoenix’s largest archaeological sites, occupied centuries ago by the Hohokam people.
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Aug. 22, 2021
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A new investigation by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism is shedding a light on sex abuse of children in Indian Country.
Aug. 19, 2021
A key compromise in Arizona’s new gaming compact sets aside sports book licenses for professional team owners and venues like TPC Scottsdale. Now state officials say the number of tribes qualified for a license outnumbers those available.
Aug. 18, 2021

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