Native American Affairs

Navajo pandemic
The Navajo Nation reported 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and no deaths Monday, but tribal health officials said the first case of the omicron variant has been detected on the vast reservation.
Jan. 4, 2022
Wupatki National Monument
The National Park Service is considering changes to the backcountry management plan for a popular national monument north of Flagstaff.
Jan. 3, 2022
Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation’s tribal council has voted to send $2,000 checks to each qualified adult and $600 for each child using $557 million in federal coronavirus relief funds.
Dec. 31, 2021
Navajo Nation COVID sign
The Navajo Nation last year was among the hardest-hit communities by the pandemic. But since then, the situation has improved. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says at least part of that is due to keeping the guidelines consistent, including a mask mandate and social distancing requirements.
Dec. 30, 2021
Navajo Nation
The massive infrastructure bill signed earlier this year promises to bring change to Native American tribes that lack clean water or indoor plumbing through the largest single infusion of money into Indian Country. It includes $3.5 billion for the federal Indian Health Service, which provides health care to more than 2 million Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
Dec. 24, 2021
Jonathan Nez
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez is thanking residents for following pandemic protocol, and is urging them to keep it up. Speaking during a virtual town hall on Thursday, Nez says there is little evidence that the omicron variant is spreading in the nation, but he added that doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Dec. 24, 2021
Hopi Tribe
The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago has identified several cultural items belonging to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona.
Dec. 23, 2021
Tom O'Halleran
Arizona Congressman Tom O'Halleran has introduced a bill to amend a decades-long land settlement between the Navajo and Hopi tribes.
Dec. 22, 2021
Construction on the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project
Arizona residents are facing water shortages as Colorado River water declines, but Navajo Nation members have been living without easy access to water for years. That’s why the federal government started building a drinking water system on the reservation.
Dec. 22, 2021
Colorado River
The Colorado River Water Users’ Association ended last week with an agreement to find more ways to conserve water, and this year’s conference included tribal perspectives.
Dec. 20, 2021
 Somebody’s Daughter trailer still
A documentary film entitled “Somebody’s Daughter” is designed to bring attention to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and was screened in Phoenix on Saturday evening.
Dec. 18, 2021
Navajo pandemic
About 7,500 hardship assistance checks are unclaimed in the Navajo Nation. The deadline to use all funding that comes from the CARES Act is Dec. 31.
Dec. 13, 2021
Punta Chueca
A new collective effort is underway in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, meant to improve the living conditions of members of an Indigenous community located on the Sea of Cortez that has long been under-resourced and lacks basic services like water and sewage systems.
Dec. 10, 2021
Power lines
Work crews from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are partnering with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority to extend power lines to homes in several tribal communities.
More tribal natural resources stories
Dec. 10, 2021
Work has begun on giving some of America’s most spectacular natural settings and historic icons a makeover. The Great American Outdoor Act was passed by Congress last year and dedicated up to $1.6 billion a year for the next five years to extensive maintenance and repairs that have been put off year after year.
Dec. 10, 2021
Navajo Nation COVID signs
COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation appear to be plateauing after rising throughout November. But the rate of virus spread on the reservation is still high.
Dec. 9, 2021
Colorado River
Lake Mead is at historically low levels, and Arizona will take mandatory cuts to its Colorado River water supply starting in January. But one tribe that lives along the river’s banks along the Arizona-California border says it has enough supply to lease to other cities.
Dec. 6, 2021
Homeland Security logo
The Shadow Wolves unit, Homeland Security’s only Native American specialized tracking team, may get the opportunity to expand to other tribal nations near U.S. borders, pending the passing of legislation in Congress.
Dec. 5, 2021
Colorado River in Yuma
The bill comes amid historic low levels in Lake Mead and as Arizona faces a harsh water future. The state is set to take mandatory cuts to its share of Colorado River water starting in January.
Dec. 3, 2021
Oak Flat protest at Sen. Mark Kelly's office
Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and Phoenix high school students protested outside Sen. Mark Kelly’s office Thursday, urging him to support legislation protecting a sacred site threatened by a proposed copper mine near Superior.
Dec. 2, 2021


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