Native American Affairs

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The Black Mesa Pumped Storage Project on the Navajo Nation is years away from approval, but opponents of the proposed hydropower plan say they fear it will deplete the region’s aquifers and repeat a history of developers ignoring tribal sovereignty.
Dec. 26, 2023
U.S. Department of Interior seal
An O’odham community, named Menagers Dam, is where the construction of a new dam is supposed to improve public safety and substantial flood protection for downstream towns and villages.
Dec. 19, 2023
Navajo Nation president's office
Same-sex marriage has been legal in the United States since 2015, but in some tribal nations, the effort to legalize same-sex marriage isn’t over yet. And now, on the Navajo Nation, the issue is front and center.
Dec. 19, 2023
Three Colorado River Basin tribal officials met with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton for a 'Sovereign to Sovereign Dialogue' at the CRWUA annual conference on Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The ‘Sovereign to Sovereign Dialogue,’ a first-of-its-kind panel held on Friday during the Colorado River Water Users Association’s 75th meeting in Las Vegas included discussions between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton and three Colorado River Basin tribal leaders among the Ten Tribes Partnership.
Dec. 18, 2023
Josh Moore of the Colorado River Indian Tribes joins a panel on the innovations and challenges of sustainable agriculture in the Colorado River Basin.
Colorado River Indian Tribes farm manager Josh Moore sat on a panel, “Considering Rural Enhancements: Innovations and Challenges for Sustainable Agriculture in the Basin," at this week’s Colorado River Water Users Association annual conference in Las Vegas.
Dec. 16, 2023
The University of Arizona's Karletta Chief traveled to Las Vegas to educate conference attendees about the uniquely Navajo challenges of accessing water and her team's progress on the Navajo Nation.
Dec. 15, 2023
Accessing veterinary care in rural parts of Arizona can be difficult. It’s even more challenging in some tribal communities like the Navajo Nation. KJZZ talked to one vet who is bringing care to these places.
Dec. 15, 2023
Ray Castillo sits as an at-large member on the Intertribal Agriculture Council's board, representing the Navajo region caucus.
Twelve geographic regional caucuses from all across Indian Country convened to talk about Native issues ranging from discrimination to the looming farm bill at the Intertribal Agriculture Council annual conference in Las Vegas.
Dec. 13, 2023
san carlos apache reservation sign
Two Native American tribes have intervened in a court case to protect the use of ballot drop boxes on Arizona reservations.
Dec. 11, 2023
The Casa Blanca Canal flows across both sides of Interstate 10 and through the Gila River Indian Reservation.
Vice President Kamala Harris reflected on her recent trip to the Gila River Indian Community from the stage of the third annual White House Tribal Nations Summit earlier this week.
Dec. 9, 2023
An NIH program launched three years ago to improve COVID diagnostics has awarded $9 million to support the first Indigenous-led Tribal Data Repository in the U.S. ASU will play a key role in tribal community engagement.
Dec. 7, 2023
Fajada Butte is a butte in Chaco Culture
The chairman of the All Pueblo Council of Governors, who represents 20 sovereign Pueblo Nations in New Mexico and Texas, attended this week's third annual White House Tribal Nations Summit, thanking President Joe Biden and his administration for gifting his communities “a seat at the table.”
Dec. 7, 2023
President Joe Biden
Tribal leadership from across Indian Country came to the White House to participate in this two-day annual gathering that began under the Biden-Harris administration in 2021.
Dec. 6, 2023
Kris Mayes
Ten people were indicted by a grand jury on felony charges including patient brokering following a sober-living homes sting operation, the Attorney General’s office announced on Wednesday.
Dec. 6, 2023
Eight chefs and foodway demonstrators were invited to Old Town to attend this year's Arizona Indigenous Culinary Experience in late November.
Eight chefs and foodway demonstrators near and far traveled to Old Town Scottsdale in November to showcase their uniquely Native foods and flavors at the Arizona Indigenous Edible Experience hosted by the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
Dec. 6, 2023
Navajo Nation president's office
New Mexico officials are setting up “justice stations” in the northwestern part of the state, including on the Navajo Nation, in order to help people access state courts without traveling as far.
Dec. 6, 2023
USPS mail totes for Maricopa County election election ballots
In a swing state, like Arizona, where only a few thousand votes can make the difference, voting advocates say political parties need to recognize Native American voters' power.
Nov. 27, 2023
Hopi dry farmer Gary Tso searches through withered corn stalks for any salvageable ears of corn at the end of his harvest season.
Gary Tso reflects on three decades of Hopi dry farming his mother's corn and the spiritual lessons that come with living his faith on a single-acre field at the bottom of Second Mesa.
Hand-roasting Pima 60-Day Corn is hard and expensive, but essential to preserve heirloom products
Nov. 22, 2023
The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management reports that this year's state Christmas tree will come from Fort Apache.
Nov. 21, 2023
Gila River Indian Community canal
In a move that may soon be replicated elsewhere, the Gila River Indian Community recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to put solar panels over a stretch of irrigation canal on their land south of Phoenix.
Nov. 20, 2023

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