The Navajo farming authority has shut down irrigation for the rest of the season because of its concerns over contamination.
The Navajo president has threatened to sue the EPA over the Colorado mine spill. Federal and tribal officials are setting up potable water stations and alerting communities to the contamination, as the toxic waste is making its way through the reservation.
The EPA unintentionally released about a million gallons of yellow sludge from a Colorado mine into the Animas River Thursday. Officials downstream blasted the agency for not initially taking the spill more seriously.
The Cochise Regional Hospital in Douglas is likely to close Friday due to the loss of federal Medicare and Medicaid payments. It is the only hospital on the Southeastern border of the state.
The decision by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will allow full implementation of a Texas law passed in 2013. The law requires abortion clinics to meet stricter standards, including upgrading their facilities to a hospital-like setting.
This month the Navajo Nation started taxing junk food and soda. No other tribe, and only one city — Berkeley, Calif. — has successfully passed such a law. Navajo leaders are trying to trim obesity rates that are almost three times the national average. But half of the tribe is unemployed and say they can’t afford more expensive food.
A debate is brewing over whether facilities that house unaccompanied migrant girls must provide them with access to emergency contraception or abortion. A major Catholic organization refuses to facilitate that access, including in cases of rape.
Starting April 1, the Navajo Nation will be the first in the country to impose a tax on chips, cookies, soda and all junk food.
More Latinos have healthcare coverage following the second enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new national poll.
During the Cold War, mining companies extracted 4 million tons of uranium from Navajo land to make nuclear weapons. Uranium left a deadly legacy. And the federal government is still cleaning up the contamination.