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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
Navajo Nation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing over $1 million to expand access to clean water for Navajo and Hopi communities.
Jul. 2, 2022
U.S. Supreme Court
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that states can prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes committed on tribal land when the victim is Native American.
Jun. 29, 2022
Oak Flat
The San Carlos Apache tribe has issued a statement following last week’s rejection of a challenge to the Resolution Copper mine located about 60 miles east of Phoenix in Tonto National Forest.
Jun. 28, 2022
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Starting this fall semester, Native American undergraduate students from all of the state’s federally recognized tribes will be able to get tuition and mandatory fees covered at the University of Arizona.
Jun. 28, 2022
Oak Flat protest at Sen. Mark Kelly's office
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday ruled that Canadian-based Resolute Mining Company can build a copper mine on sacred Native American land east of Phoenix.
Jun. 25, 2022
Deb Haaland
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee today that the country must start healing from its 150-year long dark legacy of forcibly assimilating children.
Jun. 22, 2022
Navajo pandemic
Rising COVID-19 case rates in Apache and Navajo counties have prompted the Arizona Department of Health Services to recommend wearing masks in those counties.
Jun. 11, 2022
Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation Controller’s Office is coming under fire from Nation legislators due to slow distribution of American Rescue Plan Act hardship checks, as over 6,000 applications remain outstanding.
Jun. 11, 2022
women walking in desert
Members of an Indigenous community in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, are asking tourists not to contract outside tour operators when visiting the tribe’s territory.
Jun. 8, 2022
Oscar Howe Fighting Bucks painting
What defines Native American art? ASU professor Jacob Meders explores the history of balancing Indigenous identity and creativity.
Jun. 8, 2022
Grand canyon interior
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources heard testimony on the Grand Canyon Protection Act on Tuesday.
Jun. 7, 2022
Havasu Falls in Havasu Canyon on Havasupai tribe land
The Havasupai Tribal Council sent a letter of opposition to ADEQ Friday, citing concerns over a proposed uranium mine.
May. 31, 2022


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