Native American Affairs

Havasu Creek
Part of a lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Education has been revived by a federal court. In a previous case, students of Havasupai Elementary School claimed a lack of educational opportunities for students with disabilities. Now, the claim goes for all students at the school.
Apr. 19, 2022
norma baker-flying horse
Phoenix Fashion Week is hitting the runway April 15-16. The event attracts models, designers and fashionistas from across the U.S., including North Dakota, where Indigenous designer Norma Baker-Flying Horse is from.
Apr. 15, 2022
Hopi Tribe
U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm plans to visit northeastern Arizona this week as part of the Biden administration’s push to shore up the president’s standing in rural America. Granholm plans to highlight the benefits of the infrastructure bill that Biden signed last year.
Apr. 13, 2022
Renewal construction will soon be underway at Quitobaquito Springs, a cherished natural water source along the border at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Apr. 12, 2022
A program to bring electricity to Navajo families added 20 households to the northern Arizona grid over the weekend.
Apr. 11, 2022
White Mesa Mill
In December, the Environmental Protection Agency warned that a uranium mill in southern Utah was in violation of environmental guidelines. Conservationists have found little has changed since then.
Apr. 11, 2022
Navajo Nation
Disagreements between the Navajo Nation president and Legislative Council have led to the failure of a proposed American Rescue Plan Act spending bill, meaning $1 billion remains unspent after months of negotiation.
Apr. 9, 2022
women walking in desert
An Indigenous nation in neighboring Sonora held a historic gathering last year to demand water for their communities on the Sea of Cortez. Now, they’re meeting again. This time in honor of their ancestors.
Apr. 8, 2022
U.S. Capitol building
A bill to classify the Tohono O’odham Nation’s Shadow Wolves unit as special agents is on President Biden’s desk for signing.
Apr. 6, 2022
President Joe Biden
The Havasupai Tribe has written a letter to the secretary of Energy asking her to exempt Pinyon Plain Mine, located near the Grand Canyon, from a uranium subsidy program.
Apr. 5, 2022
Pinyon Plain Mine
For years, low prices and a glut in global markets have forced U.S. uranium producers to sit on the sidelines. But the war in Ukraine has led to higher prices, and the industry’s push to create a government subsidy for domestic uranium could be gaining traction.
Apr. 5, 2022
Navajo pandemic
Throughout the pandemic, the Navajo Nation has had a much stricter approach to COVID-19 than surrounding states. But as cases decline, the reservation plans to relax some long-standing business restrictions.
Apr. 5, 2022
Abandoned uranium mine site
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez met with members of Congress in support of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.
Apr. 4, 2022
Lourdes Pereira
Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, out of 574 across the country. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Are there any federally unrecognized tribes in Arizona, and what does federal recognition mean?
Apr. 3, 2022
Power lines
Currently, over 14,000 Navajo Nation members don’t have home access to electricity, and utility companies, including Arizona’s Salt River Project, are working to change that.
Apr. 1, 2022
Navajo Nation
Like much of Arizona and the rest of the country, the Navajo Nation has seen a significant slowdown in the prevalence of COVID-19 cases. But health officials remain vigilant in watching out for the possible impact of the BA.2 omicron variant, and the Nation’s emergency declaration remains in effect.
Apr. 1, 2022
KJZZ's The Show
In the late 19th century, when most Navajo children were being forcibly taken from their homes and educated in government-run boarding schools rife with abuse, one place on the reservation did things differently: Ganado Mission. The complicated history is rigorously documented in Jim Kristofic’s book, "Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School."
Mar. 30, 2022
Navajo Nation
The Legislature of the Navajo Nation heard a bill this week that would repeal a portion of a 2005 law that prohibits same sex marriage. But the legislation proposes that the method for a traditional Navajo wedding ceremony involving a man and a woman would remain unchanged.
Mar. 25, 2022
White House
The U.S. government said Thursday that the country must do more to protect access to voting for Native Americans. But the president of the nation’s largest tribe — the Navajo Nation — said the White House has a lot more to do.
Mar. 24, 2022
U.S. Capitol building
Two tribal leaders from Arizona testified to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday, defending a pair of bills brought by Sen. Mark Kelly and co-sponsored by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema that center on tribal water rights.
Mar. 23, 2022


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