Native American Affairs

Navajo Code Talkers
Aug. 14 marks the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Navajo Code. This year, that day will also mark the groundbreaking for the first national Navajo Code Talkers museum in New Mexico.
Aug. 12, 2022
The U.S. military has veterans all over the country. But some have trouble connecting, or even knowing about benefits and services that are available to them.
Aug. 12, 2022
Yaqui aqueduct
Officials say a major aqueduct project designed to bring potable water to Yaqui towns in Sonora is moving ahead. It’s part of the so-called justice plan promised by Mexico’s president.
Aug. 11, 2022
Grand Canyon National Park
Heritage Days return to the Grand Canyon this weekend after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Aug. 5, 2022
list of missing people
On a regular basis, law enforcement officials are tasked with finding out what happened to people who are missing without explanation from their homes and communities. The problem is significantly more dramatic among the Indigenous population.
Aug. 4, 2022
Navajo Nation flag
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a man sentenced in a Court of Indian Offenses can also be prosecuted by a federal court for the same incident.
Aug. 3, 2022
Navajo Nation
The bipartisan infrastructure bill provided funds to clean up environmental hazards such as abandoned mines, and the Navajo Nation will be eligible for some of that funding.
Aug. 1, 2022
Code Talkers
One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers has died. Samuel Sandoval's wife, Malula, says he died late Friday at a hospital in Shiprock, New Mexico. He was 98.
Aug. 1, 2022
The Upper Colorado River
Sponsored by Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva and Greg Stanton, the bill authorizes the Colorado River Indian Tribes to lease water gained through conservation.
Jul. 31, 2022
Canyon Records record label
One of the oldest independent record labels in the country is right here in Tempe. We have more on this very special Valley gem.
Jul. 29, 2022
Aaron White, Kathy Norris-Wilhelm and Robert Doyle
One in 3 Native American elders will develop Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. But accessing resources can be difficult for families, especially in tribal communities in rural parts of the state.
Jul. 28, 2022
wedding rings
As Congress takes steps to codify federal protections for same-sex marriage, the Navajo Nation may be moving toward legalizing it for the first time.
Jul. 26, 2022
Havasupai home
Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee took up a bill to ban uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, which an Arizona tribe has been watching the bill closely.
Jul. 25, 2022
Navajo pandemic
The Navajo Nation has reported nearly 400 new COVID-19 infections since July 16, along with two deaths during that time.
Jul. 20, 2022
Fentanyl pills
Over the past decade, the opioid crisis has led to a sharp increase in fentanyl overdose deaths throughout the U.S. Native American populations are now seeing a similar surge.
Jul. 15, 2022
hospital hallway
For years, Indian Health Service hospitals have reported sizable doctor shortages, with one-fifth to one-half of positions going unfilled. Some experts say formal partnerships with teaching hospitals can help fill the gaps, which have forced some hospitals to suspend critical services like obstetrics and emergency care.
Jul. 15, 2022
Navajo Nation flag
Months after withdrawing legislation that proposed the Navajo Nation recognize marriage equality through repealing and amending tribal laws, a new bill is bringing back that recommendation.
Jul. 10, 2022
Navajo Nation
After nearly a year of debate, the Navajo Nation recently agreed on a plan to distribute more than $1 billion of its remaining American Rescue Plan funding.
Jul. 8, 2022
Jonathan Nez
The Navajo Nation is now seeing uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in more than half of its communities.
Jul. 7, 2022
Window Rock
The Navajo Nation Veterans Administration was formally recognized by the head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for being the first tribal nation program to receive accreditation to help veterans submit federal benefits claims directly to the VA.
Jul. 4, 2022


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