Native American Affairs

Patricia Nez Henderson
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a mental health toll on almost everyone. For Native American communities, COVID was especially devastating. Life after COVID isn’t easy, and now some are turning to mindfulness practices to address compassion fatigue and burnout.
Jun. 2, 2023
Fajada Butte is a butte in Chaco Culture
The Navajo Nation’s government criticized the U.S. Department of the Interior for protecting a swath of Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico from new oil and gas leasing for the next 20 years.
Jun. 2, 2023
Grand Canyon National Park
Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs has urged President Joe Biden to use the Antiquities Act to designate the proposed Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument.
Jun. 1, 2023
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The family of a Tohono O’odham tribal member Raymond Mattia, who was fatally shot by the Border Patrol on tribal land this month, has released a statement about the May 18 incident.
May. 26, 2023
Inside Memorial Hall at Steele Indian School Park, the room filled with people there to attend the meeting about Operation Rainbow Bridge.
Navajo leaders met Wednesday in Phoenix to address a massive scheme to defraud the state’s Medicaid system and that preyed on tribal members from as far away as Gallup, New Mexico.
May. 25, 2023
border patrol patch
Tohono O'odham tribal member Raymond Mattia was shot and killed by Border Patrol agents during an incident in the Tohono O'odham Nation late Thursday night.
May. 23, 2023
Jennifer Granholm
In a visit to Arizona this week, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced several grants to fund projects benefiting Indigenous communities.
May. 23, 2023
Hopi Tribe
The Hopi Tribe is receiving $48 million for water infrastructure repairs and improvements. Some of the funding will go toward increasing access to water not contaminated with arsenic.
May. 23, 2023
Deb Haaland
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visited the area to hear about the proposed Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument.
May. 22, 2023
Arizona’s new $17.8 billion budget includes new money for rural broadband expansion. Gov. Katie Hobbs met Friday with tribal leaders to address broadband expansion in their communities.
May. 20, 2023
Jennifer Granholm
The U.S. Secretary of Energy is scheduled to travel to Arizona early this week as part of a Western swing to promote President Joe Biden’s record.
May. 19, 2023
Santan Mountain Casino exterior
The Gila River Indian Community will open its fourth casino in the Valley next month. Located south of Chandler, the Santan Mountain Casino is expected to have more than 800 slot machines and other amenities in a luxury setting.
May. 19, 2023
George Goode
On a windy day in late April, with dust blowing across an arena on the San Carlos Reservation east of Globe, eight young men, all members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, are gathered around several horses and a trailer workshop.
May. 18, 2023
Kris Mayes (right) and Gov. Katie Hobbs
Gov. Katie Hobbs says more than 100 Medicaid service providers have defrauded the state out of hundreds of millions of dollars. The behavioral health residential and outpatient treatment service providers targeted Native Americans, making false promises of food, treatment and housing.
May. 16, 2023
On this episode, a Diné writer releases her first novel. Plus, we examine an international true-crime story by a Valley poet-turned sleuth. And, we extend a bow to Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a day at the Kentucky Derby.
May. 16, 2023
Governor Elect Katie Hobbs
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Task Force will meet for the first time on Monday. Gov. Katie Hobbs established the group in March to address concerns associated with violence against Indigenous Peoples.
May. 6, 2023
Indigenous men and women used the #MMIW hashtag and the red hand, a symbol of the movement, during a 2018 Women’s March in Phoenix
The move comes after another, local effort this week in Tucson, where the Pima County County Board of Supervisors officially declared May 5 as a day of awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous people.
May. 5, 2023
Fronteras Desk logo
A government watchdog advisory released at the end of April finds persistent safety issues with federally run detention centers on tribal land.
May. 2, 2023
The Not Invisible Act Commission meets
A federally mandated commission that focuses on the disappearances and murders of Indigenous people in the Untied States will be holding a public hearing in Flagstaff on May 9.
May. 1, 2023
The Grand Canyon Trust wants to help young tribal members with ties to the region experience their homeland on a nine-day trip down the Colorado River.
Apr. 26, 2023

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