Native American Affairs

An oil well in northern Utah
Indigenous communities have long been unduly burdened by environmental pollution. Now, the Biden administration has sent nearly $40 million to help tribal communities plug and remediate orphaned oil and gas wells.
Sep. 21, 2023
Hogan by the River interior
Nearly a third of the Navajo Nation still lives without running water, but that doesn’t stop travelers from veering off the grid to find a place without a faucet, flushing toilet or shower to spend the night.
More tribal natural resources stories
Sep. 18, 2023
The Interior Department announced on Monday new federal grants that may give Indigenous youth public service opportunities on federal and tribal lands in Arizona.
Sep. 11, 2023
Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren
The president of the Navajo Nation signed the tribe’s Victims Rights Act of 2023 on Wednesday morning.
Sep. 6, 2023
Last month, the Arizona Game and Fish Department adopted a series of amendments to guide the agency’s relationship with tribal communities. Jon Cooley took it upon himself to update his state agency's tribal cooperative agreement, ensuring that policy accurately reflected today’s relationship between Arizona and its Indigenous communities.
Sep. 5, 2023
gavel in a courtroom
The Navajo Nation council has approved the Nation’s Victims Rights Act of 2023, which is intended to offer more support to victims of sexual assault, rape, domestic violence and other types of violent crimes.
Sep. 1, 2023
Photo of 1902 Hopi runners
The life and legacy of one famous Hopi Olympic athlete is being honored on Sunday. Up to 300 runners will dash in his memory, competing in 5k and 10k races through Hopi homelands, including the village of Shungopavi where he grew up.
Sep. 1, 2023
person looking at a sports betting app
The state gaming department on Tuesday said it had issued the last of 10 sports betting licenses reserved for Arizona tribes. But two remaining licenses earmarked for Arizona sports teams remain dormant.
Aug. 30, 2023
housing construction
New federal funding from the Indian Housing Block Grant will help develop 48 new affordable housing units at three locations in Arizona.
Aug. 30, 2023
Paul Brierley (left), director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture, sits on a panel with Colorado River Indian Tribes Chairwoman Amelia Flores at the Mesa Convention Center.
Amelia Flores, chairwoman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, brought attention to critical issues that her tribal farmers face back at home on her community's reservation.
Aug. 30, 2023
Rochelle Garcia Seed to Plate, Soil to Sky
Lois Ellen Frank's latest cookbook, “Seed to Plate, Soil to Sky: Modern Plant-Based Recipes using Native American Ingredients,” is a love letter to the foods and flavors from the Southwest — but most of all, the Indigenous producers who cultivate and cherish them.
Aug. 27, 2023
Man sitting on statue with fence, car and building in background
Hataalii, a 20-year-old musician from Window Rock on the Navajo Nation, spoke with The Show about how he initially took an interest in making music and being named Spin magazine's breakout star of 2023.
Aug. 25, 2023
Broadband ethernet cable
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $13.5 million in loans and grants to help connect people in Mohave County to affordable high-speed internet.
Aug. 21, 2023
old main
Classes start Monday Aug. 21 at the University of Arizona, where enrollment by first-year Native American students has jumped almost 30 percent from the fall of 2022.
Aug. 18, 2023
internet cable
The $2 million capital investment by Saddleback Communications to modernize its power and environmental infrastructure arises a year removed from a total outage during last August.
Aug. 18, 2023
Jonathan Nez
The Interior Department announced the new climate-driven initiative on the one-year anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act's passage.
Aug. 15, 2023
Dozens of Navajo Code Talker descendantsat Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix
Monday was Navajo Code Talkers Day, and celebrations were scattered across the state of Arizona to commemorate the state and federal holiday.
More coverage of tribal natural resources
Aug. 14, 2023
Jonah Yellowman
But President Joe Biden restored Bears Ears National Monument, which was created to protect archeological sites in southern Utah, to roughly its original size. He also restored Grand Staircase Escalante.
Aug. 14, 2023
Navajo Code Talkers
A Navajo Code Talkers Day celebration will take place at the Wesley Bolin Plaza at the state Capitol on Monday. Descendants and dignitaries are expected to honor the past members of the U.S. military who were instrumental to the allies victory in World War II.
Aug. 13, 2023
Arizona Game and Fish Department logo
All five commissioners unanimously approved a series of amendments that modernize the long-standing cooperative agreement that centers on the role of law enforcement in relation to the state’s 22 federally recognized tribes.
Aug. 11, 2023

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