Each year millions of visitors to the Grand Canyon drive by Red Butte without taking much notice. But, for the Havasupai, the hill is central to their belief system. The tribe says a nearby uranium mine threatens this sacred place and its drinking water.
On one of former President Barack Obama’s last days in office he used his authority under the Antiquities Act to protect 1.35 million acres surrounding a pair of buttes in southern Utah called Bears Ears. Some lawmakers are lobbying for President Trump to reverse the designation under the rallying cry of “Trump the monument.”
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to build a wall along the 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border. He remains resolute, despite the obstacles that stand in his way. One is the Tohono O’odham, the American Indian tribe that straddles the two countries. Tribal leaders say a wall would desecrate land they believe to be sacred.
Last year, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world united with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. That protest continues as President Donald Trump advances development. The movement has brought a megaphone to the battle between what tribes believe to be sacred and what westerners consider fair game all across the United States. KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk Correspondent Laurel Morales spent months digging deeper into this pervasive issue here in the Southwest to produce this series Earth+Bone.
Bureau of Indian Education schools are failing their students, according to a new federal lawsuit.
President Obama decided not to grant monument status to a large parcel of land adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park, a move that would have made permanent the administration’s temporary ban on uranium mining.
President Barack Obama used his executive authority under the Antiquities Act Dec. 28 to declare two national monuments in the southwest -- Bears Ears in Utah and Gold Butte in Nevada. Tribal leaders and environmentalists are thrilled to protect the land from mining and artifact looting. But not everyone is happy about the designations.
The Navajo Nation Library wants to preserve thousands of hours of oral history. The task -- to digitize 300 reels of tape. But that costs money.
Navajo and other native people use eagle feathers in traditional healing ceremonies. Up until recently the feathers were difficult to obtain.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Dec. 15 in two cases involving uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park. In 2012 the Interior Secretary banned all new mining claims on a million acres surrounding the park for 20 years.