Native American Affairs

Michael Enis offers a blessing before singing the U.S. national anthem.
The Professional Bull Riders spotlighted the vocal talents of Michael Enis during this weekend's Ridge Rider Days in Glendale.
Oct. 2, 2023
san carlos apache reservation sign
A Washington state man who falsely claimed to be a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona to sell his artwork at downtown Seattle galleries was sentenced Wednesday to federal probation and community service.
Sep. 29, 2023
Memorial Hall, one of three original Phoenix Indian School buildings left, predates Arizona statehood.
Today marks the National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools, and Arizona's role in assimilating Native children continues casting a dark cloud on the Southwest.
Sep. 29, 2023
Jamie Yazzie FBI poster
The boyfriend of a slain Navajo woman whose case epitomized a movement was convicted of first-degree murder this week in a federal court in Phoenix.
Sep. 28, 2023
Colorful signs are staked inside NATIVE HEALTH's 1,700-square foot traditional garden along West Pierson Street.
Years after the Interior Department displaced a traditional garden from a blight-infested site, NATIVE HEALTH of Phoenix hasn't forgotten about its roots.
More tribal natural resoures stories
Sep. 28, 2023
marijuana leaf
A lawsuit in New Mexico alleges a prominent Navajo businessman conspired with a Southern California entrepreneur to lure Chinese immigrants to an illicit marijuana operation, kept them from leaving and never paid them.
Sep. 28, 2023
Picture of Phoenix Indian School Memorial Hall.
The Department of the Interior has launched an oral history project to document the country’s dark legacy of abuse against Native children in its boarding schools.
Sep. 26, 2023
The covers of the "Tribal Force" comic books
The Show spoke with "Reservation Dogs" actor and author of "Tribal Force" Jon Proudstar about where the idea for his historic comic came from, and what his new plans are.
Sep. 26, 2023
An oil well in northern Utah
Indigenous communities have long been unduly burdened by environmental pollution. Now, the Biden administration has sent nearly $40 million to help tribal communities plug and remediate orphaned oil and gas wells.
Sep. 21, 2023
KJZZ logo generic card
A huge addiction recovery community in Tucson shuttered suddenly this week, leaving more than 200 people homeless as Arizona investigates widespread Medicaid fraud largely affecting Native Americans, authorities said Thursday.
Sep. 21, 2023
Hogan by the River interior
Nearly a third of the Navajo Nation still lives without running water, but that doesn’t stop travelers from veering off the grid to find a place without a faucet, flushing toilet or shower to spend the night.
More tribal natural resoures stories
Sep. 18, 2023
The Interior Department announced on Monday new federal grants that may give Indigenous youth public service opportunities on federal and tribal lands in Arizona.
Sep. 11, 2023
Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren
The president of the Navajo Nation signed the tribe’s Victims Rights Act of 2023 on Wednesday morning.
Sep. 6, 2023
Last month, the Arizona Game and Fish Department adopted a series of amendments to guide the agency’s relationship with tribal communities. Jon Cooley took it upon himself to update his state agency's tribal cooperative agreement, ensuring that policy accurately reflected today’s relationship between Arizona and its Indigenous communities.
Sep. 5, 2023
gavel in a courtroom
The Navajo Nation council has approved the Nation’s Victims Rights Act of 2023, which is intended to offer more support to victims of sexual assault, rape, domestic violence and other types of violent crimes.
Sep. 1, 2023
Photo of 1902 Hopi runners
The life and legacy of one famous Hopi Olympic athlete is being honored on Sunday. Up to 300 runners will dash in his memory, competing in 5k and 10k races through Hopi homelands, including the village of Shungopavi where he grew up.
Sep. 1, 2023
person looking at a sports betting app
The state gaming department on Tuesday said it had issued the last of 10 sports betting licenses reserved for Arizona tribes. But two remaining licenses earmarked for Arizona sports teams remain dormant.
Aug. 30, 2023
housing construction
New federal funding from the Indian Housing Block Grant will help develop 48 new affordable housing units at three locations in Arizona.
Aug. 30, 2023
Paul Brierley (left), director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture, sits on a panel with Colorado River Indian Tribes Chairwoman Amelia Flores at the Mesa Convention Center.
Amelia Flores, chairwoman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, brought attention to critical issues that her tribal farmers face back at home on her community's reservation.
Aug. 30, 2023
Rochelle Garcia Seed to Plate, Soil to Sky
Lois Ellen Frank's latest cookbook, “Seed to Plate, Soil to Sky: Modern Plant-Based Recipes using Native American Ingredients,” is a love letter to the foods and flavors from the Southwest — but most of all, the Indigenous producers who cultivate and cherish them.
Aug. 27, 2023


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