Native American Affairs

Alpine meadow,  Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, eastern Arizona.
The Forest Service is hosting a pair of community meetings in Camp Verde and Prescott this week to discuss a proposed exchange of federal land for land owned by the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
Jan. 12, 2024
Kahlil Hudson
The Show spoke with Kahlil Hudson, a documentary filmmaker and one of the directors of "Navajo Police: Class 57," a three-part docuseries on the Navajo Nation Police Department.
Jan. 11, 2024
Hands hold photograph of woman and child
Ahead of 2024 elections, voting advocates in Arizona are aiming to boost voter registration strategies for Native voters, as they still face many of the same barriers that Navajo elections coordinator Alta Edison worked to break down.
Jan. 11, 2024
NASA’s privately built Peregrine lander, which carries a cargo of human remains that drew criticism from the president of the Navajo Nation, is now unable to land on the moon’s surface. Just hours after launch, a failure in the craft’s propulsion system depleted its propellant and sent it tumbling.
Jan. 10, 2024
President Buu Nygren offers a speech on Facebook Live at the first-ever People's State of the Navajo Nation in Window Rock on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
Today marks a year since Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren took office in 2023. His speech on Tuesday touched on affordable housing, economic development, climate change and capital infrastructure projects, including energy and water.
Jan. 10, 2024
The Klamath River flows through Oregon and Northern California.
The Show spoke with Debra Utacia Krol from the Arizona Republic about her reporting on tribal concerns about dams along the Klamath River in Northern California.
Jan. 10, 2024
Spacecraft on launch pad
NASA has launched its mission to place the first-ever commercially built lander on the moon. But long before the mission ran into post-launch difficulties, protests by the Navajo Nation and others over a secondary cargo of cremated remains had taken some of the shine off of the moment. Who’s right, who’s wrong and who’s to blame?
Jan. 8, 2024
Woman looks at book
A two-year project powered by a $3.7 million grant will record oral histories of Indigenous children who attended federal boarding schools. Arizona's Heard Museum was a pioneer in researching and presenting those stories.
Jan. 8, 2024
Stars in sky above mountains
Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff and the nonprofit Grand Canyon Conservatory are hosting a rare look into the Indigenous lore of winter constellations in northern Arizona.
Jan. 5, 2024
Buu Nygren
Next week, NASA will respond to a Navajo Nation request to delay a moon launch that could carry cremated human remains. The ashes come from private companies known for offering memorial services in space.
Jan. 3, 2024
Stephen Roe Lewis and Amelia Flores
The Show spoke with Elvia Díaz, the Arizona Republic editorial page editor, about the 2023 Arizonans of the Year: Stephen Roe Lewis, Governor of the Gila River Tribe and Colorado Indian Tribes Chairwoman Amelia Flores.
Jan. 2, 2024
Havasu Falls
The Supai Health Station opened in November 2023, replacing a 2,200-square-foot clinic constructed in 1972. The new facility provides space for primary care, dental, pharmacy and medication dispensing, lab, and radiology services.
Jan. 2, 2024
Klee Benally
Klee Benally was known as an activist and musician. He was a vocal opponent of Flagstaff’s Arizona Snowbowl snowmaking at the ski resort. He also protested police violence and racial profiling. And he advocated for the cleanup of uranium mines.
Jan. 1, 2024
Diné College and Tohono O'odham Community are among 36 federally-recognized tribal colleges and universities nationwide, also known as 1994 land-grant institutions.
The Tsaile-based Diné College will construct a livestock holding facility under its agriculture education program, while Tohono O’odham Community College will provide solar power and help offset costs for a language center building on its main campus in Sells through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Dec. 28, 2023
View of Black Mesa
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


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