In his last days in office President Barack Obama still has the power to make significant changes to the Southwest. Obama has already used the Antiquities Act to designate 27 national monuments — more than any other president. Many American Indian tribes are hoping he takes action on at least one more proposal.
All across the southwest people have stood with the Standing Rock Sioux (sue) in local protests of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Many have traveled to North Dakota to participate in what began months ago as a peaceful protest.
Donald Trump Jr. plans to visit the Southwest on Nov. 4. He’ll start the day in the Valley, then make two stops on the Navajo Nation — in Shiprock and Farmington, N.M.
The federal government has paid $900 million so far to American Indians as part of the Land Buy-Back Program. It’s an effort to help tribes -- mostly in the West -- consolidate their fractionated parcels of land and restore tribal sovereignty.
The New Mexico area has the largest concentration of pueblos -- or ancient dwellings -- in North America. A two-month public comment period starts Oct. 21.
A Navajo group requested a court order to require San Juan County, Utah, to open additional polling places. But a federal judge struck down the request Oct. 14.
The U.S. Interior Department has come up with a way to manage the Glen Canyon Dam for the next two decades. The plan released October 7 would provide water and power for its many customers in the West, while attempting to protect the environment in the Grand Canyon downstream.
There are 22 federally recognized tribes in Arizona including the largest in the country - the Navajo. As the second largest minority American Indians make up 5 percent of state population. While that doesn’t seem like that much, as a block they’ve been the swing vote in close races.
The House and Senate have passed a resolution to help stop the trafficking of sacred Native American artifacts.
The Hopi Tribe has been split on whether tourism is a good idea. With half the tribe unemployed many have said it’s their best chance at economic development. But some worry inviting tourists to their villages has left them vulnerable to thieves.