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The Guardians of the Grand Canyon Ram Dancers, based in Havasupai Falls, performed a social circle dance on Sunday at the Arizona Indian Festival in Old Town Scottsdale.
Grand Canyon National Park generates nearly $1 billion annually from tourism, including tribal arts and crafts. National Park Service staff recently traveled to the Arizona Indian Festival to expand representation among those harder-to-reach tribal communities.
Feb. 8, 2024
Young and Native voters interviewed by NPR
NPR spoke with six young Indigenous-identifying Arizona voters to discuss what political parties need to do to win over their potentially election-deciding vote this November.
Feb. 7, 2024
The Delbert Anderson Quartet performing at the ASU Kerr facility, north of Old Town Scottsdale on Saturday, Feb. 3.
Drawing inspiration from Diné melodies old and new, the Delbert Anderson Quartet brought its jazz, funk and groove-infused selections to Scottsdale on Saturday night.
Feb. 6, 2024
construction worker on a roof
A nonprofit that started off providing relief for Native families during the pandemic is now helping Navajo and Hopi families repair their homes. From KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk in Flagstaff, Michel Marizco reports.
Feb. 5, 2024
Native shoppers in search of clearance sales on leftover inventory at Drumbeat Indian Arts on Saturday, Jan. 27.
One of Indian Country’s longtime destinations for beadwork supplies and accessories in Phoenix has closed after more than five decades on the last Saturday in January, but a former Diné employee has opened up her own bead-driven business to meet the demand from her urban Native community.
Feb. 5, 2024
Pinyon Plain Mine
For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey is considering potential harms to tribes from mining uranium in northern Arizona.
Jan. 30, 2024
GRAMMY-nominated musician Aaron White, of Diné and Northern Ute ancestry, inspects a reed of river cane during a traditional flute-making workshop in January.
Flute-making is a time-honored artform among tribal communities across Arizona, but this traditional craft may also be under threat. One invasive species is seen by conservationists as an evil plant, but it's also a natural resource deeply rooted in cultural practices among the state’s original inhabitants.
Jan. 29, 2024
The 84-year-old former Hopi Tribal Council chairman Vernon Masayesva sat before a crowd of hundreds at Wesley Bolin Plaza to “plant a seed in your hearts” on Thursday.
Jan. 26, 2024
Kyle Mitchell told a story to hundreds of activists and state lawmakers on Thursday at Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix.
Jan. 26, 2024
Peyote cactus plant
The Show spoke with Annette McGivney, a freelance author and journalist, about an piece she wrote for the Guardian looking at the conversation around peyote cactus and psychedelics in therapeutic treatments.
Jan. 24, 2024
Tucson Unified Schools District office in Tucson
The Tucson Unified School District is extending and expanding a mentorship program meant to increase graduation rates and college enrollment among Native students.
Jan. 19, 2024
Spacecraft on launch pad
NASA’s privately built Peregrine lander, which carries a cargo of human remains that drew criticism from the president of the Navajo Nation, is now set to burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.
Jan. 15, 2024
The staff at Skoden Coffee & Tea stand behind the counter at their new location in Phoenix.
One Diné entrepreneur’s budding urban business, once based in the capital of the Navajo Nation, has since moved to the Valley last month. Now, they’re nestled inside the Uptown Phoenix furniture and design store, For the People, located off North Central Avenue.
More news on tribal natural resources
Jan. 14, 2024
Alpine meadow,  Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, eastern Arizona.
The Forest Service is hosting a pair of community meetings in Camp Verde and Prescott this week to discuss a proposed exchange of federal land for land owned by the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
Jan. 12, 2024
Kahlil Hudson
The Show spoke with Kahlil Hudson, a documentary filmmaker and one of the directors of "Navajo Police: Class 57," a three-part docuseries on the Navajo Nation Police Department.
Jan. 11, 2024
Hands hold photograph of woman and child
Ahead of 2024 elections, voting advocates in Arizona are aiming to boost voter registration strategies for Native voters, as they still face many of the same barriers that Navajo elections coordinator Alta Edison worked to break down.
Jan. 11, 2024
NASA’s privately built Peregrine lander, which carries a cargo of human remains that drew criticism from the president of the Navajo Nation, is now unable to land on the moon’s surface. Just hours after launch, a failure in the craft’s propulsion system depleted its propellant and sent it tumbling.
Jan. 10, 2024
President Buu Nygren offers a speech on Facebook Live at the first-ever People's State of the Navajo Nation in Window Rock on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
Today marks a year since Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren took office in 2023. His speech on Tuesday touched on affordable housing, economic development, climate change and capital infrastructure projects, including energy and water.
Jan. 10, 2024
The Klamath River flows through Oregon and Northern California.
The Show spoke with Debra Utacia Krol from the Arizona Republic about her reporting on tribal concerns about dams along the Klamath River in Northern California.
Jan. 10, 2024
Spacecraft on launch pad
NASA has launched its mission to place the first-ever commercially built lander on the moon. But long before the mission ran into post-launch difficulties, protests by the Navajo Nation and others over a secondary cargo of cremated remains had taken some of the shine off of the moment. Who’s right, who’s wrong and who’s to blame?
Jan. 8, 2024


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