Native American Affairs

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A new group aimed at helping Native American writers is set to officially launch this weekend. The NDN Girls Book Club will feature workshops for young writers, as well as author talks.
Apr. 21, 2023
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The city of Tucson is returning a portion of ancestral land to the Tohono O’odham Nation in a new resolution unanimously passed by the City Council this week.
Apr. 20, 2023
U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Wednesday publicly accepted an invitation from an Arizona lawmaker to visit the area proposed for a new national monument around the Grand Canyon.
Apr. 19, 2023
Grand Canyon
More than a dozen Native American tribes called on the Biden administration Tuesday to designate a Grand Canyon National Monument in order to permanently ban mining in the area.
Apr. 11, 2023
Lake Mead
A Native American tribe in Arizona reached a deal Thursday with the U.S. government not to use some of its Colorado River water rights in return for $150 million and funding for a pipeline project.
Apr. 7, 2023
Raúl Grijalva
In a letter to Republican Congressman Bruce Westerman of Arkansas this week, Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva says he wants a committee hearing on a piece of legislation that would prohibit mining at Oak Flat.
Apr. 6, 2023
Biruni Hariadi
Country music in the West and poetry reverberate the sounds of spring in this episode of Word, a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Apr. 2, 2023
The horse transformed the American Southwest and Great Plains, including the ways of life of many Indigenous cultures. But the western history of when these animals spread through those societies is sorely in need of a rewrite.
Mar. 31, 2023
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A renewed effort to prevent wildlife extinction has been re-introduced in the U.S. Senate. The $1.4 billion dollar legislation would direct tens of millions to conservation of species in Arizona.
Mar. 31, 2023
S’edav Va’aki Museum volunteer mudslinging
Once a month, while weather allows, volunteers gather at S’edav Va’aki in Phoenix to throw mud at an over 800-year-old structure. Its outside walls are vulnerable to erosion from wind and rain, and the mudslinging helps keep it standing.
Mar. 31, 2023
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Last year, President Biden announced that he intended to create a national monument in southeast Nevada, and last week he fulfilled that pledge.
Mar. 27, 2023
Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
A city-owned museum marking where Hohokam people settled, ran their irrigation system, and lived for more than a thousand years has been renamed in Native language. Phoenix Parks and Recreation officials now plan to market the repository as the “gateway to Phoenix heritage.”
Mar. 24, 2023
Oak Flat
When President Joe Biden took office, his administration acted quickly to unpublish an environmental report that gave the green light to a proposed copper mine in the Oak Flat area of Tonto National Forest. But it may soon republish the report.
More news from the Fronteras Desk
Mar. 23, 2023
Ben Shelly
After the death of Peterson Zah earlier this month, another former Navajo Nation president has died. Ben Shelly was the Navajo Nation’s seventh president and served for one term.
Mar. 22, 2023
USPS Art of the Skateboard Stamps
The U.S. Postal Service is getting ready to debut its latest Forever stamp collection — the Art of the Skateboard — at a ceremony in Maryvale. One of the new stamps features a Navajo artist from Arizona.
Mar. 21, 2023
View of the Colorado River from the Historic Navajo Bridge
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on the Navajo Nation’s right to file a lawsuit over access to water from the Colorado River.
Mar. 21, 2023
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit building
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a case over a land transfer in the Tonto National Forest that would bring a massive copper mine to a sacred indigenous site about an hour east of Phoenix.
Mar. 20, 2023
An irrigation canal carries Colorado River
States that rely on water from the over-tapped Colorado River want the U.S. Supreme Court to block a lawsuit from the Navajo Nation that could upend how water is shared in the Western U.S.
More Arizona water news
Mar. 19, 2023
Analysts say that agencies in the Department of Interior are frequently under-funded. The Biden administration has taken steps to address the problem.
Mar. 13, 2023
Peterson Zah
Peterson Zah, a monumental Navajo Nation leader who guided the tribe through a politically tumultuous era and worked tirelessly to correct wrongdoings against Native Americans, has died.
Mar. 8, 2023

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