Native American Affairs

Arcadia High School senior Gabriella Nakai is Navajo, Choctaw and the only Indigenous youth recognized at the White House's 'Girls Leading Change' celebration.
Arcadia High School senior Gabriella Nakai was the only Indigenous young woman among 15 honorees nationwide at last month's White House Gender Policy Council celebration where she had the chance to meet First Lady Jill Biden.
Nov. 2, 2023
stack of books
10 medical centers in Arizona from downtown Phoenix to the Four Corners will give families a chance to read books written and illustrated by Indigenous peoples during check-ups and well-child visits.
Nov. 2, 2023
Katie Hobbs
Gov. Katie Hobbs said she is communicating with the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs about lowering rates for Florence and Coolidge residents served by the San Carlos Irrigation Project.
Nov. 1, 2023
police crime tape
The U.S. government must spend more money on public safety and criminal justice within tribal communities if it wants to combat the grossly disproportionate violence there. That’s according to an advisory committee created to combat the problems.
Nov. 1, 2023
Arizona Humanities is kicking off Native American Heritage Month on Wednesday, Nov. 1, with an online panel of Indigenous authors.
Oct. 31, 2023
adoption court paperwork
The Navajo tribal government announced it has streamlined a process to determine if a child eligible for adoption is Navajo – a change it hopes will strengthen the Indian Child Welfare Act that was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Oct. 31, 2023
Arizona State University MFA creative writing student Amber Blaeser-Wardzala holds a copy of "Never Whistle at Night" behind Ross-Blakley Hall in Tempe.
Anishinaabe author Amber Blaeser-Wardzala's short story, titled “Collections,” bookends her time in the Creative Writing program at Arizona State University.
Oct. 31, 2023
Author photo of Ramona Emerson next to “Shutter” book cover
Diné author Ramona Emerson spoke with The Show about how she drew from her culture and career for her debut novel, "Shutter."
Oct. 30, 2023
Indian Route 6730 cuts through the Navajo homestead in Cameron.
The Safe Streets and Roads for All program has disbursed federal funding to the Navajo Nation and Hualapai Tribe. And Arizona's six grantees have been collectively allocated more than $3.1 million in federal funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Oct. 27, 2023
The Dishchii' Bikoh’ Apache Group performs the Crown Dance on a raised platform inside Desert Diamond Arena.
Desert Diamond Arena was the home of Ridge Rider Days, a weekend-long professional bull riding competition that ended earlier this month. It was also an Indigenous showcase featuring a Navajo athlete and an Apache youth dance group.
More tribal natural resoures stories
Oct. 24, 2023
Lily Gladstone, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in “Killers of the Flower Moon.”
Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” premieres in theaters tomorrow. It tells the story of the FBI’s investigation into a string of murders of tribal members after oil was discovered on Osage land in the 1920s.
Oct. 19, 2023
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff
A Northern Arizona University program is recruiting Native American educators who want to stay in their communities while completing their teaching degrees.
Oct. 19, 2023
Jonathan Nez
Arlyssa Becenti, indigenous affairs reporter for the Arizona Republic, joined The Show to talk more about Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez's announcement he'd be running against Republican Rep. Eli Crane for a seat in Congress.
Oct. 19, 2023
Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes meets in front of NATIVE HEALTH's voter registration booth at this weekend's open house and health fair.
Several high-profile local and federal guests arrived, including Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, who came to present a proclamation to the urban Native clinic during its annual open house and health fair on Saturday.
More tribal natural resources stories
Oct. 17, 2023
border patrol patch
Body-camera footage shows agents and a tribal police officer surrounding Raymond Mattia moments after he surrenders a sheathed knife outside his home in the Tohono O’odham Nation. A flurry of gunshots ring out moments later. He was unarmed.
Oct. 16, 2023
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Native Americans are more likely to develop Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia than their white peers. It’s one reason why a leading Alzheimer’s organization is hosting a caregiver conference for Native Americans later this week.
Oct. 16, 2023
Signs for buffalo crossings scatter along the edge of State Route 67 heading toward the North Rim.
Tribes from Arizona and beyond — all of whom are indelibly connected to these iconic symbols of the West — are helping sustainably manage the state’s oldest and largest free-ranging buffalo herd on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
More tribal natural resources stories
Oct. 16, 2023
Ken Burns shooting "The American Buffalo."
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns discusses his latest PBS project, "The American Buffalo," with KJZZ News in an in-depth conversation about this iconic species and the Indigenous communities that share a traumatically intertwined history spanning hundreds of generations on this continent.
Oct. 15, 2023
A map showing where the moon’s shadow will cross the U.S.
Navajo cultural adviser Paul Begay for the Page-based Taadidiin Tours explains the significance of this weekend's celestial phenomenon, and how he'll spend his Saturday.
Oct. 13, 2023
Portrait of Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo is headed to Arizona this weekend for a workshop with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and shared some advice for aspiring poets with The Show.
Oct. 13, 2023


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