Native American Affairs

Chiricahua National Monument
A popular national monument in southern Arizona could become a national park under a new bill introduced in Congress.
Jan. 21, 2022
Amber Ortega and her lawyer, Amy Knight
An Indigenous woman facing federal charges for blocking construction of former President Trump’s border wall in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was found not guilty on religious freedom grounds.
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Jan. 19, 2022
Arizona rural highway
The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving more than $350,000 in grants to Arizona’s tribal nations.
Jan. 19, 2022
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development building
Emergency management officials on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota have a new building, but they have been operating out of an old jail that's set to be torn down.
Jan. 19, 2022
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has signed an executive order requiring all government workers on the tribe’s vast reservation to have a booster shot.
Jan. 17, 2022
Tonto National Forest
Officials with the Tonto National Forest are launching an improvement project to reduce the risk of wildfires. It will begin in February.
Jan. 16, 2022
Jonathan Nez
State Sen. Wendy Rogers is backing a bill that would, if passed, ban use of mail-in ballots in elections. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said if voting by mail is outlawed, the result would be hardship for tribal members with no easy access to polls.
Jan. 13, 2022
Arizona Department of Public Safety patch
The agreement will allow state troopers to patrol and respond to emergencies on the reservation.
Jan. 13, 2022
Works by members of a Sonoran Indigenous group known as the Comcaac will be on display for the first time at one of Mexico’s most important art museums, El Museo del Palacio del Bellas Artes.
Jan. 12, 2022
Colorado River
Tribal nations were once excluded from talks about how to divvy up the state’s water supply, but that has changed over the years.
Jan. 10, 2022
The Bureau of Land Management will evaluate its policies on oil- and gas-rich lands near the Navajo Nation, surrounding Chaco Canyon National Historical Park.
Jan. 10, 2022
Havasu Falls
The Havasupai Tribal Council recently voted to remain in lockdown at least until June 1.
Jan. 5, 2022
Navajo Nation COVID sign
Government funding for coronavirus relief has helped Americans keep their economic footing during the pandemic. But CARES Act money was delayed for tribal communities; they did not receive any of it until May 2020.
Jan. 4, 2022
Navajo pandemic
The Navajo Nation reported 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and no deaths Monday, but tribal health officials said the first case of the omicron variant has been detected on the vast reservation.
Jan. 4, 2022
Wupatki National Monument
The National Park Service is considering changes to the backcountry management plan for a popular national monument north of Flagstaff.
Jan. 3, 2022
Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation’s tribal council has voted to send $2,000 checks to each qualified adult and $600 for each child using $557 million in federal coronavirus relief funds.
Dec. 31, 2021
Navajo Nation COVID sign
The Navajo Nation last year was among the hardest-hit communities by the pandemic. But since then, the situation has improved. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says at least part of that is due to keeping the guidelines consistent, including a mask mandate and social distancing requirements.
Dec. 30, 2021
Navajo Nation
The massive infrastructure bill signed earlier this year promises to bring change to Native American tribes that lack clean water or indoor plumbing through the largest single infusion of money into Indian Country. It includes $3.5 billion for the federal Indian Health Service, which provides health care to more than 2 million Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
Dec. 24, 2021
Jonathan Nez
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez is thanking residents for following pandemic protocol, and is urging them to keep it up. Speaking during a virtual town hall on Thursday, Nez says there is little evidence that the omicron variant is spreading in the nation, but he added that doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Dec. 24, 2021
Hopi Tribe
The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago has identified several cultural items belonging to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona.
Dec. 23, 2021


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