Tribal Natural Resources News

TRIBAL NATURAL RESOURCES

Native American tribes around the West are making critical decisions regarding the management of their natural resources — land, water, fossil fuels and renewable resources. The Tribal Natural Resources Desk aims to produce objective reporting to tell stories of tribes empowering themselves through stewardship and decision-making around their natural resources.
Art Remains A Priority For The Roosevelt Row Community
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation Tuesday night unveiled the results of its community survey at a fundraising event tying into the fall equinox. The final draft provides insights into the next stage of growth for the area.
Judge Tosses Trump Rollback Of Clean Water Safeguards
A federal judge has thrown out a Trump-era rule that ended federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways and left them vulnerable to pollution from nearby development.
For Native Americans, Protecting Sacred Sites Is An Issue Of Religious Freedom
Most religions hold certain places sacred. For Christians, it's churches and basilicas. For Jews, synagogues. For Muslims, mosques. For Native American people, those sacred places look a little different.
Akimel Oodham Artist Unveils Exhibit In UNCONTAINED Series
Zachary Justin drew from his outdoor environs in the Gila River Indian Community for the Roosevelt Row mural that features saguaros, birds, mountains and Indigenous symbols with a color palette that is heavy on blues, purples and magentas.
Years After Coal Mines Close On Navajo And Hopi Land, Some Are Concerned About Cleanup
For half a century, Navajo and Hopi tribal lands were the site of one of the largest coal mining operations in the Western U.S. Years after the mines closed, some Navajo and Hopi citizens have concerns about what’s been left behind.
Sonora Community Faces COVID-19 Outbreak Amid Water Shortage
A town of the Indigenous Comcaac Nation in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the midst of a water shortage.
The Long History Of Uranium Mining On The Arizona Strip
During the Cold War, the U.S. government purchased tons of uranium from prospectors in Arizona and other Southwestern states. Then uranium became a global commodity, traded on the open market. Since then companies operating in the U.S. have struggled to compete.
Drought Continues To Impact Navajo Nation
The largest Native American reservation in the U.S. is continuing to struggle with drought conditions. The majority of the Navajo Nation is in extreme or exceptional drought.
Comcaac Community In Sonora Seeks Urgent Help With Water
Members of an Indigenous community in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, say they are experiencing a critical water shortage after weeks without reliable access.
How An Indigenous Healing Practice Survived The Pandemic
Almost every week for the past year, a group of about 10 ASU students, most of them Indigenous, have gathered on Zoom to participate in a traditional healing practice adapted for the digital age and for a pandemic that pushed most personal interactions online.
Navajo Geneticist Trains New Generation Of Indigenous Data Scientists
Krystal Tsosie is a geneticist and bioethicist at Vanderbilt University and the Native BioData Consortium and a member of the Navajo Nation. She helped to organize the first IndigiData consortium, which met in June, focused on training a new generation of Indigenous data scientists.
Lithium Mining Threatens Hualapai Sacred Sites
A push for more electric vehicles is bumping up against a western Arizona tribe’s sacred sites and land. A mining company is looking to extract lithium on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management, but that land surrounds Hualapai land on three sides.
Roosevelt Row: Future Of Arts District Survey Garners Key Takeaways
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation offers key takeaways from recent survey.
Havasupai Tribe Says No To Tourism Until At Least 2022
The Havasupai Tribal Council has made the decision to continue keeping tourists from visiting the tribe’s picturesque land, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
$100K Raised For Quitobaquito Springs Restoration Project
The National Park Service is getting money from an Ajo community organization for a restoration project at Quitobaquito Springs — the ancient desert water source and Indigenous site along the border at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Word S5:E8 — Indigenous Detective Lit, YA Fiction
What are you reading this summer? We have some suggestions by Arizona writers for adults and youth or those who don’t want to adult for a minute and feel their youth again. Hear their stories on this Season 5 ender of “Word,” a KJZZ podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region, hosted by Tom Maxedon.
What You Need To Know About The Oak Flat Copper Mine
Resolution Copper wants to build a copper mine in that part of the Tonto National Forest that would become one of the largest in the country. They say it would provide more than 1,000 jobs to a part of the state that needs them, but conservationists and American Indian tribes say it will irreparably harm the environment there.
Word S5:E7 — Indigenous Futurisms And Climate Fiction
What do indigenous futurism, young adult fantasy literature and climate have in common? Find out on "Word" — a KJZZ podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region hosted by Tom Maxedon.
Navajo Nation Wins At 9th Circuit In Water Rights Case
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has sent a nearly 20-year-old water rights lawsuit by the Navajo Nation back to a federal courtroom in Arizona, where the case has been thrown out twice before.
Chaco Canyons Fractured Landscape Holds Clues To Bidens Environmental Policy
The Chaco Canyon area of New Mexico might provide insights on what the Biden administration's environmental policy will look like. About 90% of the Chaco Canyon region has been leased out for oil and gas drilling over the years, and people who live in this corner of northwest New Mexico have started to push back.
Biden's 100-Day Plan: The Impact On Arizona
Colorado River Tribes Aim To Establish
Tribes reliant on the river’s flows for agricultural, municipal and industrial use are gearing up for years of negotiation over future policies. Climate change is projected to lessen flows in the Colorado River.

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