Native American Affairs

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
tools in an operating room
Recovering from a lumpectomy — also known as breast-conserving surgery — is time consuming and often requires daily radiation treatments. That could prove difficult for Indigenous patients who live on remote reservation land.
Dec. 1, 2021
Supporters of Amber Ortega
Hia C-ed O'odham activist Amber Ortega and her supporters held a rally in Tucson after a magistrate judge ruled a religious freedom defense could not be used to determine her guilt or innocence in a case in which she faces federal charges for physically blocking construction machinery near Quitobaquito Springs last year.
Nov. 24, 2021
National Park Service
The Senate has approved the nomination of Charles Sams III to direct the National Park Service, and his appointment is a historic one.
Nov. 22, 2021
UA intermediate Navajo class
Students in the University of Arizona’s intermediate Navajo language class are putting on “Back to the Rez,” a play about identity and cultural knowledge, done entirely in Diné Bizaad, the Navajo language.
Nov. 21, 2021
Grand canyon interior
The U.S. Geological Survey has published a study on uranium content in wells and springs in the Grand Canyon region, but the work is far from over. The study examined about 200 water sources and found that only a fraction of them had elevated concentrations of uranium.
Nov. 17, 2021
student looking at a molecule model
There is a huge gap in the U.S. education system when it comes to who has the opportunity to take a full range of math and science classes. That gap is probably most obvious for Native American students, and it deeply affects who is making strides in STEM education and related careers.
Nov. 17, 2021
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
After months of study, the administration recently announced new policies on oil and gas drilling in the Chaco Canyon region.
Nov. 15, 2021
Indigenous men and women used the #MMIW hashtag and the red hand, a symbol of the movement, during a 2018 Women’s March in Phoenix
President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday that instructs federal agencies to develop plans to improve public safety for Native Americans and to investigate the cases of hundreds of missing indigenous people across the country.
Nov. 15, 2021


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