Native American Affairs

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
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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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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.
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Mar. 23, 2023

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