Native American Affairs

Navajo pandemic
Throughout the pandemic, the Navajo Nation has had a much stricter approach to COVID-19 than surrounding states. But as cases decline, the reservation plans to relax some long-standing business restrictions.
Apr. 5, 2022
Abandoned uranium mine site
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez met with members of Congress in support of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.
Apr. 4, 2022
Lourdes Pereira
Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, out of 574 across the country. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Are there any federally unrecognized tribes in Arizona, and what does federal recognition mean?
Apr. 3, 2022
Power lines
Currently, over 14,000 Navajo Nation members don’t have home access to electricity, and utility companies, including Arizona’s Salt River Project, are working to change that.
Apr. 1, 2022
Navajo Nation
Like much of Arizona and the rest of the country, the Navajo Nation has seen a significant slowdown in the prevalence of COVID-19 cases. But health officials remain vigilant in watching out for the possible impact of the BA.2 omicron variant, and the Nation’s emergency declaration remains in effect.
Apr. 1, 2022
KJZZ's The Show
In the late 19th century, when most Navajo children were being forcibly taken from their homes and educated in government-run boarding schools rife with abuse, one place on the reservation did things differently: Ganado Mission. The complicated history is rigorously documented in Jim Kristofic’s book, "Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School."
Mar. 30, 2022
Navajo Nation
The Legislature of the Navajo Nation heard a bill this week that would repeal a portion of a 2005 law that prohibits same sex marriage. But the legislation proposes that the method for a traditional Navajo wedding ceremony involving a man and a woman would remain unchanged.
Mar. 25, 2022
White House
The U.S. government said Thursday that the country must do more to protect access to voting for Native Americans. But the president of the nation’s largest tribe — the Navajo Nation — said the White House has a lot more to do.
Mar. 24, 2022
U.S. Capitol building
Two tribal leaders from Arizona testified to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday, defending a pair of bills brought by Sen. Mark Kelly and co-sponsored by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema that center on tribal water rights.
Mar. 23, 2022
Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management oversees 245 million acres throughout the U.S. for a variety of uses. Now the agency will open its lands to jazz this summer as part of its artist in residence program.
Mar. 23, 2022
Navajo Nation
The United States awarded $9 million in energy funding to 13 tribes across the country, including here in Arizona, on Monday.
Mar. 21, 2022
Classroom
While many of the claims in the suit have been resolved, parents say that the pandemic has access to resources more difficult.
Mar. 18, 2022
Phoenx Indian School Visitor Center
The Interior Department is on the verge of releasing a report on its investigation into the federal government's past oversight of Native American boarding schools. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said Wednesday the report will come out next month.
Mar. 17, 2022
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The White Mesa Mill in southern Utah is the last functioning uranium facility in the U.S., but with the price of uranium down, it has been transformed into a waste disposal site.
Mar. 15, 2022
Arizona Humanities has announced the awarding of over $75,000 dollars in grants to nearly a dozen organizations in the state.
Mar. 13, 2022
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
Nez
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

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