Native American Affairs

Colorado River in Yuma
The bill comes amid historic low levels in Lake Mead and as Arizona faces a harsh water future. The state is set to take mandatory cuts to its share of Colorado River water starting in January.
Dec. 3, 2021
Oak Flat protest at Sen. Mark Kelly's office
Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and Phoenix high school students protested outside Sen. Mark Kelly’s office Thursday, urging him to support legislation protecting a sacred site threatened by a proposed copper mine near Superior.
Dec. 2, 2021
tools in an operating room
Recovering from a lumpectomy — also known as breast-conserving surgery — is time consuming and often requires daily radiation treatments. That could prove difficult for Indigenous patients who live on remote reservation land.
Dec. 1, 2021
Supporters of Amber Ortega
Hia C-ed O'odham activist Amber Ortega and her supporters held a rally in Tucson after a magistrate judge ruled a religious freedom defense could not be used to determine her guilt or innocence in a case in which she faces federal charges for physically blocking construction machinery near Quitobaquito Springs last year.
Nov. 24, 2021
National Park Service
The Senate has approved the nomination of Charles Sams III to direct the National Park Service, and his appointment is a historic one.
Nov. 22, 2021
UA intermediate Navajo class
Students in the University of Arizona’s intermediate Navajo language class are putting on “Back to the Rez,” a play about identity and cultural knowledge, done entirely in Diné Bizaad, the Navajo language.
Nov. 21, 2021
Grand canyon interior
The U.S. Geological Survey has published a study on uranium content in wells and springs in the Grand Canyon region, but the work is far from over. The study examined about 200 water sources and found that only a fraction of them had elevated concentrations of uranium.
Nov. 17, 2021
student looking at a molecule model
There is a huge gap in the U.S. education system when it comes to who has the opportunity to take a full range of math and science classes. That gap is probably most obvious for Native American students, and it deeply affects who is making strides in STEM education and related careers.
Nov. 17, 2021
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
After months of study, the administration recently announced new policies on oil and gas drilling in the Chaco Canyon region.
Nov. 15, 2021
Indigenous men and women used the #MMIW hashtag and the red hand, a symbol of the movement, during a 2018 Women’s March in Phoenix
President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday that instructs federal agencies to develop plans to improve public safety for Native Americans and to investigate the cases of hundreds of missing indigenous people across the country.
Nov. 15, 2021
Indigenous woman led the 2019 Phoenix Women's March
The crisis of violence against Native American women has gotten more attention. But a new report from the Government Accountability Office shows we don’t actually know the extent of the problem. Gretta Goodwin is the director of Homeland Security and Justice for the GAO.
Nov. 15, 2021
The most comprehensive report to date of mortality statistics among the American Indian or Alaska Native population warns of some troubling trends.
Nov. 12, 2021
Hopi Tribe
Members of a small northeastern Arizona tribe are voting Thursday for their next chairman. One of the key differences between incumbent Tim Nuvangyaoma and David Talayumptewa is their stance on maintaining a Hopi language requirement for the job.
Nov. 10, 2021
Navajo Generating Station
The Arizona Corporation Commission voted last week to cut Arizona Public Service’s profits by more than $100 million. At the same time, it also voted to dramatically slash funding it had planned to provide to the Navajo Nation and other tribal communities.
Nov. 9, 2021
cigarette in an ashtray
Navajo Nation President Johnathan Nez signed the Air is Life Act into law Saturday. The law prohibits the use of commercial tobacco products in enclosed spaces and indoors.
Nov. 6, 2021
Amber Ortega speaks with supporters
Hia C-ed O'odham activist Amber Ortega was one of two Indigenous protesters arrested in September 2020 for physically blocking machinery at a border wall construction site near Quitobaquito Springs in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. She testified her religious and cultural beliefs compelled her actions.
Nov. 4, 2021
Indigenous woman led the 2019 Phoenix Women's March
The Government Accountability Office has released a report on the issue of missing or murdered Indigenous women.
Nov. 3, 2021
Navajo Nation COVID sign
COVID-19 cases are once again trending upward on the Navajo Nation. The reservation is now averaging about 80 new cases per day — about twice as many as it was reporting a month ago.
Oct. 28, 2021
Navajo Nation COVID signs
The U.S. is averaging less than half as many COVID-19 cases per day now as it was in early September. But in Arizona, cases have plateaued at a fairly high level. Apache County in the northeast corner of the state has been reporting the highest rate of new cases recently.
Oct. 26, 2021
Navajo Nation
In May 2020, the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief Fund was established to help the tribe respond to the pandemic. The fund has since raised $10.7 million, but the Navajo Nation Council recently found that more than half of that money remains unspent.
Oct. 23, 2021

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