Native American Affairs

The Arizona Department of Education hosted a panel of Indigenous authors on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to kick off Native American Heritage Month.
Nov. 4, 2022
Window Rock
The federal government is giving $35 million to the Navajo Nation for an enhanced 911 system and the rural addressing initiative.
Nov. 4, 2022
U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering narrowing the Clean Water Act, a federal law that regulates pollutants in water and wetlands. Some have pointed to a disproportionate amount of harm a decision to narrow that scope could have on Indigenous communities.
Nov. 3, 2022
Navajo Nation president's office
Navajos next week will choose whether to elect a president who has never held political office or one whose career in tribal government spans more than two decades.
Nov. 1, 2022
Shoofly Village
The Friends of Tonto National Forest work on a variety of projects, from invasive species to spring restoration. The group hopes to upgrade an archeological site near Payson.
Oct. 26, 2022
Gila River Indian Community Mar-5
The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona announced plans to conserve a significant amount of its water supplies. The savings will be used to prop up water levels in Lake Mead.
Oct. 19, 2022
Yuma border wall gaps filled with shipping containers
Representatives with the Cocopah Indian Tribe say they support a recent move by the federal government directing Arizona to dismantle a wall of shipping containers in Yuma.
Oct. 19, 2022
Jonah Yellowman
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act helps protect tribal burial sites and sacred objects. The federal government recently announced that it plans to update the legislation.
Oct. 17, 2022
Navajo Nation COVID signs
Over a decade after freelancing for them, Krista Allen is now taking the helm of the Navajo Times as its new editor.
Oct. 12, 2022
The Native American Cultural Center opened at Northern Arizona University in October of 2011 as a home away from home for the school's Native and Indigenous students.
Northern Arizona University is celebrating the anniversary of its Native American Cultural Center, which acts as a home away from home for NAU’s Native and Indigenous students.
Oct. 10, 2022
Memorial Hall is located at Steele Indian School Park
In honor of Native American Recognition Days, several events will take place Saturday in Phoenix. A parade will begin near Steele Indian School Park. Special programming will take place at the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center and, right next door, an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the school’s Memorial Hall.
Oct. 6, 2022
President Joe Biden has formally declared a destructive monsoon storm from July a major disaster for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The U.S. Small Business Administration says time is running out for those affected to seek a federal disaster loan to rebuild.
Sep. 30, 2022
Jonathan Nez
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has approved legislation that allocates $3.6 million to the Ramah Navajo School Board in New Mexico. The Pine Hill Schools are long overdue for a new electrical system.
Sep. 28, 2022
Copper Mine
A federal agency says an environmental review for a proposed copper mine in Arizona falls short on details about water and the potential impacts of climate change.
Sep. 22, 2022
Arizona CD2 map 2022
Arizona’s new legislative and congressional districts will see their first test drive this November when voters head to the polls. But some voting advocates in Indian Country are worried they will water down the impact of the Indigenous vote.
Sep. 19, 2022
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The U of A has established a microcampus serving the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in southern Arizona.
Sep. 17, 2022
Raúl Grijalva
A House subcommittee took up three bills to advance tribal co-management and preservation Wednesday, and one of the bills focused on a proposed Arizona conservation area.
Sep. 14, 2022
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A powerful storm in July destroyed homes and left thousands in a tribal community east of Scottsdale in the dark for up to five days. This month, the federal government responded to the tribe’s request for aid by approving federal disaster assistance.
Sep. 12, 2022
Deb Haaland
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced that the Board on Geographic Names has officially replaced nearly 650 names that had previously included a slur historically used against Indigenous women. Sixty-five of those renamed geographic features are in Arizona.
Sep. 8, 2022
Oak Flat
A few months ago, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a group of San Carlos Apaches in their fight against a copper mine in the Oak Flat area of Tonto National Forest. But the court may take up the case again.
Sep. 7, 2022


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