Native American Affairs

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The Navajo Nation Veterans Administration was formally recognized by the head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for being the first tribal nation program to receive accreditation to help veterans submit federal benefits claims directly to the VA.
Jul. 4, 2022
Navajo Nation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing over $1 million to expand access to clean water for Navajo and Hopi communities.
Jul. 2, 2022
U.S. Supreme Court
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that states can prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes committed on tribal land when the victim is Native American.
Jun. 29, 2022
Oak Flat
The San Carlos Apache tribe has issued a statement following last week’s rejection of a challenge to the Resolution Copper mine located about 60 miles east of Phoenix in Tonto National Forest.
Jun. 28, 2022
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Starting this fall semester, Native American undergraduate students from all of the state’s federally recognized tribes will be able to get tuition and mandatory fees covered at the University of Arizona.
Jun. 28, 2022
Oak Flat protest at Sen. Mark Kelly's office
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday ruled that Canadian-based Resolute Mining Company can build a copper mine on sacred Native American land east of Phoenix.
Jun. 25, 2022
Deb Haaland
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee today that the country must start healing from its 150-year long dark legacy of forcibly assimilating children.
Jun. 22, 2022
Navajo pandemic
Rising COVID-19 case rates in Apache and Navajo counties have prompted the Arizona Department of Health Services to recommend wearing masks in those counties.
Jun. 11, 2022
Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation Controller’s Office is coming under fire from Nation legislators due to slow distribution of American Rescue Plan Act hardship checks, as over 6,000 applications remain outstanding.
Jun. 11, 2022
women walking in desert
Members of an Indigenous community in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, are asking tourists not to contract outside tour operators when visiting the tribe’s territory.
Jun. 8, 2022
Oscar Howe Fighting Bucks painting
What defines Native American art? ASU professor Jacob Meders explores the history of balancing Indigenous identity and creativity.
Jun. 8, 2022
Grand canyon interior
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources heard testimony on the Grand Canyon Protection Act on Tuesday.
Jun. 7, 2022
Havasu Falls in Havasu Canyon on Havasupai tribe land
The Havasupai Tribal Council sent a letter of opposition to ADEQ Friday, citing concerns over a proposed uranium mine.
May. 31, 2022
2020 ballot
Arizona's 2021 redrawing of district lines saw a last-minute adjustment that put a substantial number of white, Republican-leaning voters into districts previously dominated by Native American communities. The result could be the dilution of the Native American vote in districts that used to be Democratic strongholds.
May. 24, 2022
Justin Lund
The impacts of colonialism and unseemly research reverberate to this day. But, outside of the social sciences and some genomics, efforts to involve and protect Indigenous peoples remain nebulous. A new perspective piece argues for embedding those ethical frameworks in the rapidly growing field of microbiome research.
May. 20, 2022
Deb Haaland
A dam on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona will get a share of $29 million earmarked for safety repairs of aging dams as part of the federal infrastructure deal, the Department of the Interior announced Wednesday.
May. 19, 2022
A growing global debate over an energy source with a deadly past is playing out amidst the sweet sage and pine trees of the forests right by the Grand Canyon. More than a decade since the disastrous Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, interest in uranium is on the rise again. And Arizona has cleared the way for a once stagnant mine to resume operations.
May. 18, 2022
Deb Haaland
The U.S. Interior Department Secretary Deb Haaland has released the first volume of an investigative report detailing the federal government's past oversight of Native American boarding schools.
May. 11, 2022
Quitobaquito a natural water source near the U.S.-Mexico border in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It’s a sacred site and historic homestead to a southern Arizona tribe and it houses some of the state’s most endangered species. But the site is now in peril.
May. 6, 2022
Deb Haaland
U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland wants to do more than just put a bandage on a crisis that she says has been decades in the making.
May. 6, 2022

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