Native American Affairs

Signs for buffalo crossings scatter along the edge of State Route 67 heading toward the North Rim.
Tribes from Arizona and beyond — all of whom are indelibly connected to these iconic symbols of the West — are helping sustainably manage the state’s oldest and largest free-ranging buffalo herd on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
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Oct. 16, 2023
Ken Burns shooting "The American Buffalo."
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns discusses his latest PBS project, "The American Buffalo," with KJZZ News in an in-depth conversation about this iconic species and the Indigenous communities that share a traumatically intertwined history spanning hundreds of generations on this continent.
Oct. 15, 2023
A map showing where the moon’s shadow will cross the U.S.
Navajo cultural adviser Paul Begay for the Page-based Taadidiin Tours explains the significance of this weekend's celestial phenomenon, and how he'll spend his Saturday.
Oct. 13, 2023
Portrait of Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo is headed to Arizona this weekend for a workshop with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and shared some advice for aspiring poets with The Show.
Oct. 13, 2023
Border Patrol
Border Patrol agents who fatally shot an unarmed Native American man on tribal land earlier this year will not face charges for his death.
Oct. 11, 2023
Broadband ethernet cable
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included funds to help improve tribal access to high-speed internet, and the state’s U.S. Senate delegation recently announced that some of that money will go to the Tohono O’odham Nation.
Oct. 10, 2023
Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs speaks to the press at an event in August 2023.
Arizona has suspended Medicaid payments to 300-plus providers accused in a massive scheme that preyed on tribal members seeking substance-abuse treatment.
Oct. 10, 2023
Marijuana in a jar next to a cannabis joint on a countertop
Eddie Celaya, host of the podcast Here Weed Go! podcast for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, joins The Show to discuss allegations of abuse related to a marijuana growing operation on the Navajo Nation.
Oct. 9, 2023
World Championship Hoop Dance Competition
Arizona is not one of the 17 states that observe Indigenous People's Day on Monday, Oct. 9. That’s despite being home to 22 federally recognized tribes.
Oct. 7, 2023
Woman sits on chair next to medical exam table
Indigenous people have been uniquely affected by the end of Roe. Now, states with some of the largest Indigenous populations also have some of the strictest restrictions on abortion.
Oct. 6, 2023
San Xavier del Bac Mission, an 18th century Catholic white stucco church, shines at sun sets on the feast day for St. Francis.
Members of the Tohono O'odham Nation trekked to the city of Magdalena de Kino, in Sonora, Mexico, to kiss the head of a statue resembling his likeness this week.
Oct. 6, 2023
The Salt River at sunset
The Salt River Fire is nearly contained. Those in and around the East Valley who continue to smell smoke should take precautions and limit their time outside.
Oct. 6, 2023
Michael Enis offers a blessing before singing the U.S. national anthem.
The Professional Bull Riders spotlighted the vocal talents of Michael Enis during this weekend's Ridge Rider Days in Glendale.
Oct. 2, 2023
san carlos apache reservation sign
A Washington state man who falsely claimed to be a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona to sell his artwork at downtown Seattle galleries was sentenced Wednesday to federal probation and community service.
Sep. 29, 2023
Memorial Hall, one of three original Phoenix Indian School buildings left, predates Arizona statehood.
Today marks the National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools, and Arizona's role in assimilating Native children continues casting a dark cloud on the Southwest.
Sep. 29, 2023
Jamie Yazzie FBI poster
The boyfriend of a slain Navajo woman whose case epitomized a movement was convicted of first-degree murder this week in a federal court in Phoenix.
Sep. 28, 2023
Colorful signs are staked inside NATIVE HEALTH's 1,700-square foot traditional garden along West Pierson Street.
Years after the Interior Department displaced a traditional garden from a blight-infested site, NATIVE HEALTH of Phoenix hasn't forgotten about its roots.
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Sep. 28, 2023
marijuana leaf
A lawsuit in New Mexico alleges a prominent Navajo businessman conspired with a Southern California entrepreneur to lure Chinese immigrants to an illicit marijuana operation, kept them from leaving and never paid them.
Sep. 28, 2023
Picture of Phoenix Indian School Memorial Hall.
The Department of the Interior has launched an oral history project to document the country’s dark legacy of abuse against Native children in its boarding schools.
Sep. 26, 2023
The covers of the "Tribal Force" comic books
The Show spoke with "Reservation Dogs" actor and author of "Tribal Force" Jon Proudstar about where the idea for his historic comic came from, and what his new plans are.
Sep. 26, 2023

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