Tribal Natural Resources News


Native American tribes around the West are making critical decisions regarding the management of their 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 resources.
Native American tribes gain new authority to stop unwanted hydropower projects
Federal regulators have granted Native American tribes more power to block hydropower projects on their land after a flurry of applications were filed to expand renewable energy in the water-scarce U.S. Southwest.
Feb. 23, 2024
Native veterans honored at Heard Museums national memorial
The 11th annual American Indian Veteran Sunset Tribute at the Heard Museum on Saturday was a night brimming with uniquely Native sounds emanating from downtown Phoenix.
Nov. 13, 2023
Navajo Code Talker chosen as grand marshal for Phoenix Veterans Day Parade
Although there are more than 140,000 Native veterans are still living today, only three of them are Navajo Code Talkers. One of them, Thomas Begay, was selected as a grand marshal for the 2023 Phoenix Veterans Parade.
Nov. 11, 2023
How Pascua Yaquis in Guadalupe honor deceased on Día de Muertos
A pair of religious holidays, including an ancient celebration of death and life, occurred last week among faithful Pascua Yaquis in the town of Guadalupe.
Nov. 10, 2023
Apache Stronghold welcomes faith groups to save Oak Flat through prayer
The fate of Oak Flat, a holy site to the Apaches, remains uncertain after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard the Apache Stronghold’s case after a prior ruling against them.
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Nov. 7, 2023
Yaquis of Vista del Camino celebrate half a century in south Scottsdale
This weekend commemorates a milestone for the Penjamo neighborhood that had been home to many laborers who worked on the Salt River Project canal system around the turn of the 20th century.
Nov. 3, 2023
This Native American teen was honored by the White House
Arcadia High School senior Gabriella Nakai was the only Indigenous young woman among 15 honorees nationwide at last month's White House Gender Policy Council celebration where she had the chance to meet First Lady Jill Biden.
Nov. 3, 2023
Indian Health Service awards $200K grant to buy Native childrens books for Arizona clinics
10 medical centers in Arizona from downtown Phoenix to the Four Corners will give families a chance to read books written and illustrated by Indigenous peoples during check-ups and well-child visits.
Nov. 2, 2023
An ASU students frightening story is featured in new Indigenous dark fiction anthology
Anishinaabe author Amber Blaeser-Wardzala's short story, titled “Collections,” bookends her time in the Creative Writing program at Arizona State University.
Oct. 31, 2023
Guy Fieri picks fry bread to represent the Arizona Cardinals in new NFL T-shirt collection
The James Beard Award-winning Fry Bread House in Phoenix weighs in on Fieri's hand-picked graphic tee design for the Valley's professional football franchise.
Oct. 30, 2023
DOT disburses $1.6M in road safety funding for 2 tribal communities
The Safe Streets and Roads for All program has disbursed federal funding to the Navajo Nation and Hualapai Tribe. And Arizona's six grantees have been collectively allocated more than $3.1 million in federal funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Oct. 28, 2023
Navajo pro bull rider and Apache dance group shine in Glendale
Desert Diamond Arena was the home of Ridge Rider Days, a weekend-long professional bull riding competition that ended earlier this month. It was also an Indigenous showcase featuring a Navajo athlete and an Apache youth dance group.
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Oct. 25, 2023
NATIVE HEALTH becomes 1st IHS facility to receive voter registration agency status in U.S.
Several high-profile local and federal guests arrived, including Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, who came to present a proclamation to the urban Native clinic during its annual open house and health fair on Saturday.
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Oct. 17, 2023
A conversation with Ken Burns on 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. 16, 2023
From killer to caretaker: How and why Charles Jesse Jones brought buffalo to the Kaibab Plateau
The American buffalo was almost slaughtered into extinction in the 1800s before one of their biggest hunters turned caretaker and revived the species in Arizona. Hear the story of "Buffalo" Jones.
Oct. 16, 2023
The Grand Canyon is struggling to control its buffalo population. Tribes are stepping up to help
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
How one Navajo tour guide plans to pay respect during the solar eclipse
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
Tohono Oodham Nation celebrates St. Francis feast day
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
This Tohono Oodham vocalist sang national anthem in his own language
The Professional Bull Riders spotlighted the vocal talents of Michael Enis during this weekend's Ridge Rider Days in Glendale.
Oct. 2, 2023
Today marks dark history of boarding schools for Native kids. Arizona had 2nd most in the U.S.
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.
Sept. 30, 2023
This urban Native garden grew atop a former boarding school
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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Sept. 29, 2023