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Native American Affairs
The family of a Tohono O’odham tribal member Raymond Mattia, who was fatally shot by the Border Patrol on tribal land this month, has released a statement about the May 18 incident.
May. 26, 2023
Navajo leaders met Wednesday in Phoenix to address a massive scheme to defraud the state’s Medicaid system and that preyed on tribal members from as far away as Gallup, New Mexico.
May. 25, 2023
Tohono O'odham tribal member Raymond Mattia was shot and killed by Border Patrol agents during an incident in the Tohono O'odham Nation late Thursday night.
May. 23, 2023
In a visit to Arizona this week, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced several grants to fund projects benefiting Indigenous communities.
May. 23, 2023
The Hopi Tribe is receiving $48 million for water infrastructure repairs and improvements. Some of the funding will go toward increasing access to water not contaminated with arsenic.
May. 23, 2023
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visited the area to hear about the proposed Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument.
May. 22, 2023
Arizona’s new $17.8 billion budget includes new money for rural broadband expansion. Gov. Katie Hobbs met Friday with tribal leaders to address broadband expansion in their communities.
May. 20, 2023
The U.S. Secretary of Energy is scheduled to travel to Arizona early this week as part of a Western swing to promote President Joe Biden’s record.
May. 19, 2023
The Gila River Indian Community will open its fourth casino in the Valley next month. Located south of Chandler, the Santan Mountain Casino is expected to have more than 800 slot machines and other amenities in a luxury setting.
May. 19, 2023
On a windy day in late April, with dust blowing across an arena on the San Carlos Reservation east of Globe, eight young men, all members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, are gathered around several horses and a trailer workshop.
May. 18, 2023
Gov. Katie Hobbs says more than 100 Medicaid service providers have defrauded the state out of hundreds of millions of dollars. The behavioral health residential and outpatient treatment service providers targeted Native Americans, making false promises of food, treatment and housing.
May. 16, 2023
Carletta Tilousi hit the trail as the sun rose, the light revealing a grouping of cottonwood and ash trees deep in the Grand Canyon.
May. 11, 2023
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Task Force will meet for the first time on Monday. Gov. Katie Hobbs established the group in March to address concerns associated with violence against Indigenous Peoples.
May. 6, 2023
The move comes after another, local effort this week in Tucson, where the Pima County County Board of Supervisors officially declared May 5 as a day of awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous people.
May. 5, 2023
A government watchdog advisory released at the end of April finds persistent safety issues with federally run detention centers on tribal land.
May. 2, 2023
A federally mandated commission that focuses on the disappearances and murders of Indigenous people in the Untied States will be holding a public hearing in Flagstaff on May 9.
May. 1, 2023
The Arizona Daily Star reported the Tucson City Council unanimously approved a proposal earlier this month to give more than 10 acres of city land at the base of Sentinel Peak, also known as "A" Mountain to the tribe.
Apr. 29, 2023
The Grand Canyon Trust wants to help young tribal members with ties to the region experience their homeland on a nine-day trip down the Colorado River.
Apr. 26, 2023
A new group aimed at helping Native American writers is set to officially launch this weekend. The NDN Girls Book Club will feature workshops for young writers, as well as author talks.
Apr. 21, 2023
The city of Tucson is returning a portion of ancestral land to the Tohono O’odham Nation in a new resolution unanimously passed by the City Council this week.
Apr. 20, 2023