Native American Affairs

Colorado River
After more than a century of dam building and development, the Colorado River ends as a trickle at the Arizona-Mexico border. The river was once the lifeblood of the Cocopah, or River People. The tribe has begun trying to return a sliver of that landscape to what it once was.
More news from the Tribal Natural Resources Desk
Dec. 6, 2022
Joe Biden
President Joe Biden pledged to give tribal communities a stronger voice in federal policy and announced new steps that included tribal consultation and a plan to revive native languages.
Nov. 30, 2022
Bright Angel Trail
Indian Garden has long been a major rest stop for hikers on the Grand Canyon’s Bright Angel Trail. But the landmark is getting a name change.
Nov. 21, 2022
san carlos apache reservation sign
A proposed copper mine 70 miles east of Phoenix is facing another legal setback. The Arizona Court of Appeals has sided with the San Carlos Apache Tribe in its latest bid to keep Resolution Copper from moving forward.
Nov. 17, 2022
The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month heard arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act. And Robert Miller says how they rule could have major impacts on Native law beyond the act itself.
Nov. 17, 2022
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff
Starting next fall, Northern Arizona University will provide full tuition to members of the state’s 22 federally recognized tribes.
Nov. 16, 2022
Navajo Nation president's office
Buu Nygren entered the Navajo presidential race with a platform echoed by generations of candidates: deliver basic needs on the vast reservation where most roads are unpaved and thousands of families don't have running water or electricity.
Nov. 10, 2022
Navajo Nation flag
Buu Nygren has ousted Jonathan Nez as president of the Navajo Nation, a position that wields influence nationally because of the size of the tribe’s reservation in the U.S. Southwest and its huge population.
Nov. 9, 2022
The Arizona Department of Education hosted a panel of Indigenous authors on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to kick off Native American Heritage Month.
Nov. 4, 2022
Window Rock
The federal government is giving $35 million to the Navajo Nation for an enhanced 911 system and the rural addressing initiative.
Nov. 4, 2022
U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering narrowing the Clean Water Act, a federal law that regulates pollutants in water and wetlands. Some have pointed to a disproportionate amount of harm a decision to narrow that scope could have on Indigenous communities.
Nov. 3, 2022
Navajo Nation president's office
Navajos next week will choose whether to elect a president who has never held political office or one whose career in tribal government spans more than two decades.
Nov. 1, 2022
Shoofly Village
The Friends of Tonto National Forest work on a variety of projects, from invasive species to spring restoration. The group hopes to upgrade an archeological site near Payson.
Oct. 26, 2022
Gila River Indian Community Mar-5
The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona announced plans to conserve a significant amount of its water supplies. The savings will be used to prop up water levels in Lake Mead.
Oct. 19, 2022
Yuma border wall gaps filled with shipping containers
Representatives with the Cocopah Indian Tribe say they support a recent move by the federal government directing Arizona to dismantle a wall of shipping containers in Yuma.
Oct. 19, 2022
Jonah Yellowman
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act helps protect tribal burial sites and sacred objects. The federal government recently announced that it plans to update the legislation.
Oct. 17, 2022
Navajo Nation COVID signs
Over a decade after freelancing for them, Krista Allen is now taking the helm of the Navajo Times as its new editor.
Oct. 12, 2022
The Native American Cultural Center opened at Northern Arizona University in October of 2011 as a home away from home for the school's Native and Indigenous students.
Northern Arizona University is celebrating the anniversary of its Native American Cultural Center, which acts as a home away from home for NAU’s Native and Indigenous students.
Oct. 10, 2022
Memorial Hall is located at Steele Indian School Park
In honor of Native American Recognition Days, several events will take place Saturday in Phoenix. A parade will begin near Steele Indian School Park. Special programming will take place at the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center and, right next door, an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the school’s Memorial Hall.
Oct. 6, 2022
sandbags
President Joe Biden has formally declared a destructive monsoon storm from July a major disaster for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The U.S. Small Business Administration says time is running out for those affected to seek a federal disaster loan to rebuild.
Sep. 30, 2022

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