Native American Affairs

ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
The Navajo Nation, ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and Diné College recently established the world’s first tribally-affiliated legal education program.
May. 21, 2024
Man signs bill at table
The president of the Navajo Nation has directed all schools serving Navajo students to allow them to wear traditional regalia.
May. 20, 2024
CRIT Chairwoman Amelia Flores (left), Sen. Mark Kelly, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Gov. Katie Hobbs (right) sit beside each other at the signing of a historic water agreement in April 2024.
Tribal water politics can be complicated and confusing. Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes. Each is trying to tap into the state’s ever-shrinking supplies of surface and groundwater, and, most of all, the Colorado River, following decades of exclusion.
May. 19, 2024
Border Patrol agents fatally shot Raymond Mattia outside his home in the Tohono O’odham community of Menagers Dam the night of May 18, 2023.
May. 17, 2024
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff
Teachers in schools on the Navajo Nation across Northern Arizona will be working with NAU instructors to help integrate indigenous environmental practices into their classrooms.
May. 17, 2024
Lake Mead
The Navajo Nation has one of the largest single outstanding claims in the Colorado River basin and will vote soon on the measure in a special session. It's the first of many approvals — ending with Congress — that's needed to finalize the deal.
May. 14, 2024
Heather Tracy shears a Navajo-Churro sheep in Cameron over this Mother Day's weekend in May 2024.
Many in the U.S. may celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch, flowers or a card. But every Mother’s Day weekend, one Navajo family has a more hands-on observance, filled with hard hard work to help preserve a centuries-old Diné custom that’s in decline today.
May. 13, 2024
A crowd listens to families and victims of sober living homes share their devastating stories at a town hall meeting organized by 'Stolen People, Stolen Benefits,' a grassroots watchdog group on Tuesday, March 26.
Arizona officials have called Medicaid fraud one of the biggest scandals in state history. Several families are suing the state for allowing fraud to continue.
May. 10, 2024
A billboard encourages those living in the Western Agency of the Navajo Nation to get screened for uranium along U.S. Route 89.
Members from the Navajo Nation and Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico are calling on House Speaker Mike Johnson to bring a floor vote on an already-passed bipartisan Senate bill to renew aid for downwinders through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, or RECA, which is set to expire next month.
May. 10, 2024
San Xavier District Chairman Austin Nunez celebrates naming the jaguar O:ṣhad Ñu:kudam, which translates to “Jaguar Protector” in the O’odham language.
The fourth jaguar spotted in Arizona since 2015 had been trekking across tribal lands south of Tucson. Now, nearly 1,000 Tohono O’odham tribal members, from students to elders, voted online and in-person to give that iconic animal a unique name.
May. 9, 2024
Outside façade of hospital from above
Ganado is home to Sage Memorial Hospital, a Native-managed comprehensive health care system serving thousands of people in surrounding Navajo communities. It had been operating out of the same facilities since 1930 — until now.
May. 7, 2024
Darlene McIntosh tries to call over her stray pets as the Geronimo Animal Rescue Team made a daily check-up visit in late-April 2024.
There are plenty of dogs, cats and other stray animals on tribal reservations. These volunteers have made it their mission to take care of them, and one is getting national recognition.
More tribal natural resources stories
May. 5, 2024
The Navajo-dubbed version of “Star Wars: A New Hope” can be streamed on Disney+ by finding the film under the extras.
Today is May 4, which sounds like ‘May the Fourth Be With You’ to Star Wars fans, and one effort to help keep the Navajo language alive can be observed on this unofficial holiday, celebrated among fans of the iconic sci-fi franchise.
May. 4, 2024
Colorado River Indian Tribes Chairwoman Amelia Flores and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland pose along the banks of the Colorado River in April 2024.
More than 800 Mohave Community College students are set to graduate on Friday, and a special tribal guest has been invited to speak at their commencement.
May. 2, 2024
Only 16 operators, like Taadidiin Tours, are allowed to guide visitors through Antelope Canyon on the Navajo Nation.
The Navajo government has asked the Biden administration to stop uranium transportation across the vast Navajo Nation.
Apr. 30, 2024
Colorado River Indian Tribes Chairwoman Amelia Flores (left), Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (right) sign an historic water rights agreement on Friday, April 26, 2024.
The Interior Department, Arizona and Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) signed a trilateral agreement along the banks of the Colorado River on Friday.
More from the Tribal Natural Resources desk
Apr. 26, 2024
Oak Flat
An Arizona tribe has asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reopen the Apache Stronghold case. The court upheld a ruling last month that the site of the planned Resolution Copper mine is not subject to laws protecting religious freedom.
Apr. 26, 2024
Man with glasses and turquoise jewelry gestures
The suicide mortality rate for American Indian/Alaska Native individuals (39.7 suicides per 100,000 population) was the highest of any racial and ethnic group in Arizona in 2021, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Apr. 26, 2024
Beverly Maxwell and her youngest son, Jake, are setting up metal gates to pen their beef cattle and horses in atop her hilly homestead in Shiprock.
Navajo farmers and ranchers, like the Maxwell family, have raised concerns over the long-lasting environmental and ecological impacts on vegetation and groundwater around that contaminated site near the San Juan River months after over 1,000 barrels of crude oil were spilled in Shiprock, New Mexico.
More tribal natural resources stories
Apr. 25, 2024
Running Horse Pipeline got punctured while an operator was grading Indian Route 5071 in December 2023.
Back in December, a severe spill of crude oil on the Navajo Nation contaminated the land. Remediation efforts are still underway, but this accident has a silver lining, one that may facilitate faster emergency responses on the largest reservation in the U.S.
Apr. 25, 2024

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