Native American Affairs

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A two-year project powered by a $3.7 million grant will record oral histories of Indigenous children who attended federal boarding schools. Arizona's Heard Museum was a pioneer in researching and presenting those stories.
Jan. 8, 2024
Stars in sky above mountains
Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff and the nonprofit Grand Canyon Conservatory are hosting a rare look into the Indigenous lore of winter constellations in northern Arizona.
Jan. 5, 2024
Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren
Next week, NASA will respond to a Navajo Nation request to delay a moon launch that could carry cremated human remains. The ashes come from private companies known for offering memorial services in space.
Jan. 3, 2024
Stephen Roe Lewis and Amelia Flores
The Show spoke with Elvia Díaz, the Arizona Republic editorial page editor, about the 2023 Arizonans of the Year: Stephen Roe Lewis, Governor of the Gila River Tribe and Colorado Indian Tribes Chairwoman Amelia Flores.
Jan. 2, 2024
Havasu Falls
The Supai Health Station opened in November 2023, replacing a 2,200-square-foot clinic constructed in 1972. The new facility provides space for primary care, dental, pharmacy and medication dispensing, lab, and radiology services.
Jan. 2, 2024
Klee Benally
Klee Benally was known as an activist and musician. He was a vocal opponent of Flagstaff’s Arizona Snowbowl snowmaking at the ski resort. He also protested police violence and racial profiling. And he advocated for the cleanup of uranium mines.
Jan. 1, 2024
Diné College and Tohono O'odham Community are among 36 federally-recognized tribal colleges and universities nationwide, also known as 1994 land-grant institutions.
The Tsaile-based Diné College will construct a livestock holding facility under its agriculture education program, while Tohono O’odham Community College will provide solar power and help offset costs for a language center building on its main campus in Sells through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Dec. 28, 2023
View of Black Mesa
The Black Mesa Pumped Storage Project on the Navajo Nation is years away from approval, but opponents of the proposed hydropower plan say they fear it will deplete the region’s aquifers and repeat a history of developers ignoring tribal sovereignty.
Dec. 26, 2023
U.S. Department of Interior seal
An O’odham community, named Menagers Dam, is where the construction of a new dam is supposed to improve public safety and substantial flood protection for downstream towns and villages.
Dec. 19, 2023
Navajo Nation president's office
Same-sex marriage has been legal in the United States since 2015, but in some tribal nations, the effort to legalize same-sex marriage isn’t over yet. And now, on the Navajo Nation, the issue is front and center.
Dec. 19, 2023
Three Colorado River Basin tribal officials met with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton for a 'Sovereign to Sovereign Dialogue' at the CRWUA annual conference on Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The ‘Sovereign to Sovereign Dialogue,’ a first-of-its-kind panel held on Friday during the Colorado River Water Users Association’s 75th meeting in Las Vegas included discussions between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton and three Colorado River Basin tribal leaders among the Ten Tribes Partnership.
Dec. 18, 2023
Josh Moore of the Colorado River Indian Tribes joins a panel on the innovations and challenges of sustainable agriculture in the Colorado River Basin.
Colorado River Indian Tribes farm manager Josh Moore sat on a panel, “Considering Rural Enhancements: Innovations and Challenges for Sustainable Agriculture in the Basin," at this week’s Colorado River Water Users Association annual conference in Las Vegas.
Dec. 16, 2023
The University of Arizona's Karletta Chief traveled to Las Vegas to educate conference attendees about the uniquely Navajo challenges of accessing water and her team's progress on the Navajo Nation.
Dec. 15, 2023
Accessing veterinary care in rural parts of Arizona can be difficult. It’s even more challenging in some tribal communities like the Navajo Nation. KJZZ talked to one vet who is bringing care to these places.
Dec. 15, 2023
Ray Castillo sits as an at-large member on the Intertribal Agriculture Council's board, representing the Navajo region caucus.
Twelve geographic regional caucuses from all across Indian Country convened to talk about Native issues ranging from discrimination to the looming farm bill at the Intertribal Agriculture Council annual conference in Las Vegas.
Dec. 13, 2023
san carlos apache reservation sign
Two Native American tribes have intervened in a court case to protect the use of ballot drop boxes on Arizona reservations.
Dec. 11, 2023
The Casa Blanca Canal flows across both sides of Interstate 10 and through the Gila River Indian Reservation.
Vice President Kamala Harris reflected on her recent trip to the Gila River Indian Community from the stage of the third annual White House Tribal Nations Summit earlier this week.
Dec. 9, 2023
An NIH program launched three years ago to improve COVID diagnostics has awarded $9 million to support the first Indigenous-led Tribal Data Repository in the U.S. ASU will play a key role in tribal community engagement.
Dec. 7, 2023
Fajada Butte is a butte in Chaco Culture
The chairman of the All Pueblo Council of Governors, who represents 20 sovereign Pueblo Nations in New Mexico and Texas, attended this week's third annual White House Tribal Nations Summit, thanking President Joe Biden and his administration for gifting his communities “a seat at the table.”
Dec. 7, 2023
President Joe Biden
Tribal leadership from across Indian Country came to the White House to participate in this two-day annual gathering that began under the Biden-Harris administration in 2021.
Dec. 6, 2023


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