In the past few months gangs have taken control of a town in one of the most remote parts of the Navajo Nation. Community leaders have asked the Navajo Nation Council for help.
A town’s anger and frustration over perceived racial profiling and a police shooting has boiled up in recent weeks. This isn’t Cleveland, Baltimore or New York, but a small rural town in northern Arizona. The protesters here want justice for a Native American woman shot and killed by a white officer. They’re also asking questions about who polices them, and how.
Tom Begaye, 27, made his first court appearance Wednesday in connection with the kidnapping and murder of an 11-year-old Navajo girl.
The FBI continues to search for the kidnapper of an 11-year-old Navajo girl whose body was found south of Shiprock, N.M., on Tuesday morning. The San Juan Chapter is planning a candlelight vigil to support the family.
The International Boundary and Water Commission is investigating the dispute.
Navajo Speaker LoRenzo Bates said at a signing ceremony the projects would create more than 400 jobs and bring in as much as $7 million in tax revenue for the tribe.
More than 40 percent of people living on tribal lands do not have access to the Internet, according to the Federal Communications Commission. The Government Accountability Office recently looked into reasons why.
Arizona Sen. John McCain is calling for a Justice Department criminal investigation of last summer’s Gold King Mine spill. McCain is part of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, which held a field hearing in Phoenix on Friday.
Committee members want to know why more hasn’t been done to address last summer’s massive Gold King Mine spill that contaminated a river that Navajo farmers rely on.
Hundreds of Navajo farmers lost their crops last season because a Colorado mine spill shut down the San Juan River. The federal government says the water’s ok. But the Navajo canal remains closed. And the question of whether to turn the water on has divided the community.