Native American Affairs

Roselyn Tso
President Joe Biden has nominated veteran health administrator Roselyn Tso to direct the federal Indian Health Service. The White House made the announcement Wednesday. Tso is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, which encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Mar. 9, 2022
Jill Biden
First lady Jill Biden was in the Tucson area Tuesday. Her first stop was a health clinic on the Tohono O’odham Nation that could benefit from federal funding as part of the newly relaunched Cancer Moonshot initiative.
Mar. 9, 2022
As states around the country drop their mask mandates, the Navajo Nation plans to keep its requirement in place.
Mar. 2, 2022
Lake Powell
The money comes from funds set aside by the bipartisan infrastructure bill for tribal lands. Other projects will help with broadband expansion and roadwork.
Feb. 23, 2022
Grand Canyon
A federal appeals court has ruled against environmental groups and an Arizona tribe in their bid to keep a uranium mine south of the Grand Canyon from operating.
Feb. 23, 2022
Grand Canyon National Park tribes
If you’re planning a visit to the Grand Canyon, the National Park Service wants you to take some time to learn about the tribal communities that call the region home. Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park’s website will now see a new page dedicated to the Native American tribes associated with the region.
Feb. 22, 2022
Navajo President Jonathan Nez
The Navajo Nation received its first allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funding nearly nine months ago, according to Nation President Jonathan Nez. Nez has been pushing to get nearly $1 billion of the Nation’s remaining funds spent, but a lack of communication has led to a stall in spending talks.
Feb. 19, 2022
Navajo pandemic
Many states and cities across the country have begun to relax COVID-19 safety measures as cases decline from the omicron surge. But the Navajo Nation is continuing to urge caution for its citizens.
Feb. 15, 2022
Kayenta Coal Mine
The federal infrastructure law funds mine reclamation projects in 22 states, but the Navajo Nation is the only tribe set to receive direct funding.
Feb. 10, 2022
Verde Valley Archaeology Center
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved funding for rural infrastructure projects, including some in Arizona, which is good news for a central Arizona museum. The Verde Valley was once home to a number of Indigenous groups who left behind numerous dwellings and artifacts.
Jan. 31, 2022
Enslaved Navajo men Juan Carson and Gabriel Woodson
For many years, Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center in southern Colorado paid homage to Kit Carson, a frontiersman and U.S. Army officer, who was well-known for leading campaigns against Native Americans in the region. But recently, a new exhibit took center stage there, telling a completely different story.
Jan. 28, 2022
Arizona Senate building
The Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill aiming to get to study missing and murdered indigenous people.
Jan. 28, 2022
Navajo President Jonathan Nez
The Navajo Nation lost tens of millions of dollars in revenue when Salt River Project closed the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station near Page in 2019. The tribe is now looking for new income streams to make up for that loss.
Jan. 26, 2022
solar panels
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority recently announced that it will build a 200-megawatt solar plant near Cameron.
Jan. 25, 2022
Drone demonstration
Remote villages and washed out roads can make life difficult for some Navajo families, but drones might be able to reach them when cars or trucks cannot.
Jan. 25, 2022
Navajo Nation COVID signs
The omicron variant has pushed COVID-19 cases to record highs across Arizona in recent weeks. But on the Navajo Nation, aggressive mitigation measures appear to be preventing the most serious health outcomes.
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Jan. 25, 2022
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


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