Native American Affairs

The Gila River Indian Community welcomed high-level officials from the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Interior Department for a historic solar panel project groundbreaking on Friday.
The sound of an auger drilling along the Casa Blanca Canal, south of Phoenix, stirs up a celebration for the Gila River Indian Community on Friday. It signifies the start of a five-year pilot project to cover nearly 3,000 feet of that canal with more than 2,500 solar panels.
GRIC got a big shout-out at the White House Tribal Nations Summit
Dec. 9, 2023
The Casa Blanca Canal flows across both sides of Interstate 10 and through the Gila River Indian Reservation.
Vice President Kamala Harris reflected on her recent trip to the Gila River Indian Community from the stage of the third annual White House Tribal Nations Summit earlier this week.
Dec. 9, 2023
An NIH program launched three years ago to improve COVID diagnostics has awarded $9 million to support the first Indigenous-led Tribal Data Repository in the U.S. ASU will play a key role in tribal community engagement.
Dec. 7, 2023
Fajada Butte is a butte in Chaco Culture
The chairman of the All Pueblo Council of Governors, who represents 20 sovereign Pueblo Nations in New Mexico and Texas, attended this week's third annual White House Tribal Nations Summit, thanking President Joe Biden and his administration for gifting his communities “a seat at the table.”
Dec. 7, 2023
Biden sits on a desk surrounded by other people
Tribal leadership from across Indian Country came to the White House to participate in this two-day annual gathering that began under the Biden-Harris administration in 2021.
Dec. 6, 2023
Kris Mayes
Ten people were indicted by a grand jury on felony charges including patient brokering following a sober-living homes sting operation, the Attorney General’s office announced on Wednesday.
Dec. 6, 2023
Eight chefs and foodway demonstrators were invited to Old Town to attend this year's Arizona Indigenous Culinary Experience in late November.
Eight chefs and foodway demonstrators near and far traveled to Old Town Scottsdale in November to showcase their uniquely Native foods and flavors at the Arizona Indigenous Edible Experience hosted by the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
Dec. 6, 2023
Navajo Nation president's office
New Mexico officials are setting up “justice stations” in the northwestern part of the state, including on the Navajo Nation, in order to help people access state courts without traveling as far.
Dec. 6, 2023
USPS mail totes for Maricopa County election election ballots
In a swing state, like Arizona, where only a few thousand votes can make the difference, voting advocates say political parties need to recognize Native American voters' power.
Nov. 27, 2023
Hopi dry farmer Gary Tso searches through withered corn stalks for any salvageable ears of corn at the end of his harvest season.
Gary Tso reflects on three decades of Hopi dry farming his mother's corn and the spiritual lessons that come with living his faith on a single-acre field at the bottom of Second Mesa.
Hand-roasting Pima 60-Day Corn is hard and expensive, but essential to preserve heirloom products
Nov. 22, 2023
The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management reports that this year's state Christmas tree will come from Fort Apache.
Nov. 21, 2023
Gila River Indian Community canal
In a move that may soon be replicated elsewhere, the Gila River Indian Community recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to put solar panels over a stretch of irrigation canal on their land south of Phoenix.
Nov. 20, 2023
Terry Button uses a pair of tongs to turn ears of Pima 60-Day Corn roasting over a grill of mesquite coals in September.
Ramona Farms, one of Indian Country’s leading commercial Native-owned farms, is safeguarding their community’s culinary heritage of heirloom products made with one of the world's fastest growing corns through commerce on the Gila River Indian Reservation.
Nov. 20, 2023
Stolen People, Stolen Benefits outreach
It’s been several months since authorities announced an effort to shut down fraudulent sober living homes in Phoenix that have been preying on Native Americans. But activists say the facilities are still operating — and continuing to decimate lives.
Nov. 20, 2023
People speak and hold signs at a press event
Tohono O’odham tribal member Raymond Mattia was shot nine times outside his home in the tribal community of Menagers Dam, about a mile from the border, in May.
Nov. 18, 2023
A Native woman with red handprint over her mouth supports the Murdered Missing Indigenous Women, or MMIW movement, at the 2023 Native American Connections' Parade in Phoenix.
Each November 19th is recognized as Red Shawl Day, a national annual observance to bring attention violence committed against Indigenous peoples, particularly women and children.
Nov. 18, 2023
arizona prison cell
Prosecutors say a former comptroller has been sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling more than $670,000 from a tribal organization. They say 36-year-old Savannah Sandoval of Camp Verde also was ordered to pay more than $650,000 restitution to the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
Nov. 14, 2023
Flagstaff Public Library is hosting a free writing workshop on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It’s an interactive seminar exploring the past, present, and future of Dinétah, the homeland of the Navajo Nation.
Nov. 14, 2023
Gabriel and panel members
Gabriel Pietrorazio, KJZZ's tribal natural resources reporter, moderated a panel discussion on "Food, Water and the Future of Tribal Lands" on Wednesday, Nov. 29 in Tempe.
Nov. 14, 2023
Cha’Bii’Tu Apache Crown Dancers perform an honor dance, blessing veterans at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial.
The 11th annual American Indian Veteran Sunset Tribute at the Heard Museum on Saturday was a night brimming with uniquely Native sounds emanating from downtown Phoenix.
Nov. 13, 2023


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