Native Americans

Arizona’s newly drawn first Congressional district includes more Native Americans than any other district in the country. That sets the stage for a historic first -- an American Indian woman serving in Congress.
August 01, 2012
President Obama signed into law legislation Monday that will give tribes more authority to lease Indian land. It’s called the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act -- or HEARTH Act.
August 01, 2012
The federal government Thursday approved the first ever utility-scale solar energy project on tribal land. The 350-megawatt project will be built on tribal trust land of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians near Las Vegas.
June 21, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday the government must fully reimburse Native American tribes for money they spent on federal programs.
June 18, 2012
The Quechan Indian Tribe is seeking an injunction to stop a large wind project adjacent to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The tribe says the federal government has ignored its concerns about potential damage to cultural and archeological sites.
May 16, 2012
Arizona has seen its revenue from tribal casinos rise for the seventh consecutive quarter. Nevada and New Mexico have seen a similar increase.
May 03, 2012
Tribal leaders from across the Southwest gathered in Arizona this week to discuss how to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
April 27, 2012
Representatives from hundreds of tribes are meeting this week in Arizona to redouble enforcement efforts of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The law was passed three decades ago, but today American Indian children are more than twice as likely to be sent to foster homes, often off the reservation.
April 24, 2012
The woman who founded the first American Indian-controlled school died last week. Ruth Roessel and her late husband Robert also started the first college on the Navajo Nation in 1968.
April 16, 2012
The federal government will pay more than $1 billion to 41 American Indian tribes to settle a long-standing dispute. The tribes argue federal agencies mismanaged their assets and natural resources.
April 12, 2012

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