Native American Affairs

Hannah Bassett with the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting spoke with The Show about breaking the story of how state leaders misled the public about the scope of the Medicaid billing fraud scandal.
Mar. 25, 2024
Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park
Rodeo is a world-renowned sport and way of life on the Navajo Nation. Recently, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, or PRCA, announced that it will soon return to the Nation’s capital in Window Rock.
Mar. 24, 2024
Intravenous drip of medicine at the hospital
CDC data released in January shows that the rate of congenital syphilis among American Indians and Alaska Natives was triple the rate for African Americans and nearly 12 times the rate for white babies in 2022.
Mar. 21, 2024
A protester holds onto a protect Ha'Kamwe' flag at Wesley Bolin Plaza.
A group of runners and walkers from the Hualapai Tribe finished trekking more than 200 miles over six days from western Arizona to the Valley on Tuesday.
Mar. 20, 2024
gavel in front of a statue of the scales of justice
A federal grand jury has indicted a former White Mountain Apache tribal police officer Joshua Ben Anderson in connection with the death of a woman on Thanksgiving Day last year.
Mar. 20, 2024
Wednesday is National Native HIV-AIDS Awareness Day, first observed in 2007. This year’s theme is “It’s All Relative, Our Experience Makes a Difference.” It’s still a serious public health issue affecting tribal communities all across Indian Country, especially in Arizona.
Mar. 20, 2024
Desert View Watchtower overlooking the Grand Canyon's South Rim.
The return of the Grand Canyon National Park’s cultural demonstration program, which highlights artisans from the 11 culturally associated tribes, marks a decade since the program began.
Mar. 19, 2024
Michael Kotutwa Johnson standing inside his field at Second Mesa in September.
Michael Kotutwa Johnson is conducting new agricultural research at the University of Arizona to find solutions and combat cenvironmental trends, affecting even some of the most resilient Hopi dry farmers due to climate change.
Mar. 19, 2024
ZenniHome founder Bob Worsley and Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren pose with employees inside a modular home following the $50 million contract announcement.
This partnership between the Navajo Nation and Mesa-based company is meant to kickstart mass-scale manufacturing to meet a severe housing demand on the reservation and help Page bounce back following the shutdown of the Navajo Generating Station.
Mar. 14, 2024
Andrew Morales (right) is showing a visitor fossils inside the Moenkopi Wash along U.S. Highway 160.
The Moenkopi Wash near Tuba City is home to dozens of tracks, from the Dilophosaurus to the T-Rex. And a ragtag group of Navajo guides greet tourists right off the roadside, directly across from a green-painted “turn here” sign.
Mar. 12, 2024
Governor Stephen Roe Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community thanks paradegoers for returning to the first Ira Hayes celebration in three years.
When President Joe Biden gave his State of the Union address Thursday, Native Americans from Arizona were special guests on Capitol Hill. It sent a clear message about the importance of Indigenous support for Democrats facing high-stakes elections this year in battleground states.
Mar. 8, 2024
Researchers looked at data for nearly 1,500 teens and adults enrolled in the Strong Heart Family Study. It examined risk factors for heart disease and stroke in tribal communities in central Arizona, southwest Oklahoma and the Dakotas.
Mar. 8, 2024
Woman in glasses holding knife in kitchen
Andi Murphy has been tracking the Indigenous Food Sovereignty Movement for several years. That refers to, among other things, an Indigenous community’s ability to deal with issues of health and hunger by cultivating their own healthy food, and controlling how that food is produced and distributed.
Mar. 8, 2024
Deb Haaland
This week, the Interior Department allocated $72 million to aid tribal communities in electrifying their homes on a path toward zero-emissions energy systems. Three of the 21 tribes receiving federal funding are from Arizona.
Mar. 7, 2024
A scenic overview of the Colorado River from the Navajo Bridge near Jacob Lake.
Twelve public meetings, coordinated by the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission and Navajo Department of Justice’s Water Rights Unit, are slated all around the reservation through next Wednesday.
Mar. 6, 2024
The University of Arizona in Tucson.
More than 10 million acres were taken from Native American tribes to create the more than 100 so-called land-grant universities, including the University of Arizona. Recent reporting from Grist says those funds aren't used to help Native students.
Mar. 6, 2024
The Sinquah and Duncan families, two Valley-based hoop dancing dynasties, took to the court at halftime and performed with The Halluci Nation during ORIGINATIV night on Sunday, March 3.
For two years now, the Phoenix Suns have been exposing NBA fans to Native culture during certain home games with themed uniforms as well as Indigenous music and entertainment. Sunday was this season’s last heritage game night at the Footprint Center.
Mar. 4, 2024
Faith advocates from around the country congregated underneath the shade of trees at the Oat Flat Campground.
A federal appeals court authorized the transfer of Oak Flat, a spiritual site nestled in the Tonto National Forest and considered sacred by Apaches, to a foreign-owned mining company on Friday.
Mar. 1, 2024
A display of Navajo Mike's sauces and frybread mix at the Native Art Market in Old Town Scottsdale.
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service recently announced a first-of-its-kind agribusiness trade mission to Vancouver, Canada, this summer. It’s aimed at spotlighting tribal products, and interest is mounting among agribusinesses in Arizona.
Mar. 1, 2024
Arizona Rep. Eli Crane in the House of Representatives.
On Thursday, an overwhelmingly bipartisan resolution passed the U.S. House to help benefit tribal entrepreneurs on reservations. And one of its co-sponsors came from Arizona's congressional delegation.
Feb. 29, 2024


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