Native American Affairs

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
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has signed an executive order requiring all government workers on the tribe’s vast reservation to have a booster shot.
Jan. 17, 2022
Tonto National Forest
Officials with the Tonto National Forest are launching an improvement project to reduce the risk of wildfires. It will begin in February.
Jan. 16, 2022
Jonathan Nez
State Sen. Wendy Rogers is backing a bill that would, if passed, ban use of mail-in ballots in elections. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said if voting by mail is outlawed, the result would be hardship for tribal members with no easy access to polls.
Jan. 13, 2022
Arizona Department of Public Safety patch
The agreement will allow state troopers to patrol and respond to emergencies on the reservation.
Jan. 13, 2022
Works by members of a Sonoran Indigenous group known as the Comcaac will be on display for the first time at one of Mexico’s most important art museums, El Museo del Palacio del Bellas Artes.
Jan. 12, 2022
Colorado River
Tribal nations were once excluded from talks about how to divvy up the state’s water supply, but that has changed over the years.
Jan. 10, 2022
The Bureau of Land Management will evaluate its policies on oil- and gas-rich lands near the Navajo Nation, surrounding Chaco Canyon National Historical Park.
Jan. 10, 2022
Havasu Falls
The Havasupai Tribal Council recently voted to remain in lockdown at least until June 1.
Jan. 5, 2022
Navajo Nation COVID sign
Government funding for coronavirus relief has helped Americans keep their economic footing during the pandemic. But CARES Act money was delayed for tribal communities; they did not receive any of it until May 2020.
Jan. 4, 2022


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