Native American Affairs

A few miles west of Flagstaff, about a mile and a half off Interstate 40, on a dirt road in the Coconino National Forest, past campsites and joggers running through the trees, several crews are cutting up downed trees that will become firewood for tribal members.
More tribal natural resources stories
Jul. 24, 2023
Grand Canyon National Park
Hundreds of people gathered in Flagstaff on Tuesday to listen to public comments that overwhelmingly supported the designation of a new national monument surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.
Jul. 18, 2023
river confluence
A Phoenix firm has proposed building a dam on a tributary of the Little Colorado River for hydroelectric power, but the project has drawn criticism from Navajo Nation residents.
Jul. 17, 2023
person signing petition
Across the country, one in 19 secondary schools has a Native American mascot. In Arizona, that number is one in 168. People Not Mascots works on policy to remove Native mascots from schools that do not have consent from a tribe.
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Jul. 17, 2023
Morris Udall
The Udall Foundation, created in 1992 to honor former Arizona Congressman Morris Udall, awards scholarships to Native American students. A House subcommittee recently heard testimony on a bill to extend the program, which was introduced by Arizona Republican Juan Ciscomani.
Jul. 12, 2023
House Rock Valley
Federal officials will be in Flagstaff next week to discuss the proposal for a new national monument in northern Arizona.
Jul. 10, 2023
Vice President Kamala Harris
As part of an effort to illustrate the Biden administration’s commitment to Native Americans, Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Gila River Indian Community on Thursday to meet with tribal leaders from around Arizona. It was the first visit to the Gila River community by a sitting U.S. president or vice president.
More coverage of tribal resources
Jul. 7, 2023
border patrol patch
An edited video released by Customs and Border Protection this month shows body camera footage of the fatal shooting of Raymond Mattia, a Tohono O'odham tribal member shot by Border Patrol agents in the Tohono O'odham Nation. Mattia's family says they're still looking for answers.
Jun. 28, 2023
U.S. Supreme Court building
The Supreme Court ruled last week that while the Navajo Nation has a right to access water flowing on the reservation, the U.S. government doesn’t have to secure that water.
Jun. 26, 2023
Desert Diamond West Valley casino
Tribes with casinos in Arizona shared more than $153 million of their revenue with local governments during the fiscal year that ends June 30.
Jun. 22, 2023
Navajo Nation president's office
The president of the Navajo Nation has declared a public health state of emergency. It’s for tribal members affected by the fraudulent behavioral health schemes targeting them in the Phoenix area.
Jun. 21, 2023
Dilkon Medical Center
The Show spoke with reporter Umar Farooq on the inconsistent water sources in the Navajo Nation and how a lack of resource has left a $128 million facility unable to open.
Jun. 20, 2023
U.S. Supreme Court building
The Show was joined by Rebecca Nagle, host of the This Land podcast, to talk more about the implications of the landmark decision to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Jun. 19, 2023
U.S. Supreme Court
The president of the Navajo Nation has weighed in on the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act. The law gives preference to Native tribes when Native American children are adopted or enter into foster care.
Jun. 15, 2023
Carbon Sovereignty Andrew Curley
Coal has long been a major part of the economy of the Navajo Nation. Andrew Curley examines that legacy in a new book called “Carbon Sovereignty: Coal, Development, and Energy Transition in the Navajo Nation.”
Jun. 15, 2023
Navajo Nation president's office
The attorney general for the Navajo Nation said Monday that nearly 300 victims have been found of a sober living home scheme in Arizona that targeted Native Americans.
Jun. 12, 2023
Desert Diamond West Valley casino
Tribal gaming in Arizona reaches a major milestone. The Arizona Indian Gaming Association said the state has received $2 billion in gaming revenue and an official recording of the amount is expected in July.
Jun. 8, 2023
Flagstaff Arizona sign Fort Valley Road
The Flagstaff City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to back the creation of a new national monument around the Grand Canyon. The resolution endorses calling on President Joe Biden to form the new Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument.
Jun. 8, 2023
Ryan Allison
Ryan Allison has loved graphic design since he was a kid wearing band T-shirts. Today, he’s a graphic designer himself, as well as a musician. Allison is Navajo. He grew up surrounded by real-life cowboys in Fort Defiance, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. Allison talked to The Show about how his culture — rich with art and history — feeds his work.
Jun. 6, 2023
On Monday, a coalition of House Republicans, including Arizona’s Paul Gosar, signed a letter calling for an investigation into Haaland’s work with the Pueblo Action Alliance, a New Mexico advocacy group opposed to drilling in the Chaco Canyon region.
Jun. 5, 2023

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