The Navajo Nation president approved legislation this week to fund dozens of water and sanitation projects across the reservation. Thousands of Navajos currently haul water from many miles away.
The federal government plans to pay back Native American tribes nearly $1 billion. A federal judge approved a settlement Tuesday.
A hairstyle set off a firestorm at a recent Arizona high school basketball game. Flagstaff’s Lady Eagles wore their hair in traditional Navajo buns. But the referee told them they couldn’t.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association is looking at sensitivity training after an incident this week in Flagstaff, where a referee told a high school girls basketball team of mostly Navajos to take their hair down.
As the militant standoff over federal control comes to a head in Oregon, we turn our attention to another federal land dispute. This one in Arizona, where lawmakers have proposed a national monument on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. Ranchers are worried about losing their grazing rights.
A non-native man pleaded guilty Jan. 12 in a federal court to assaulting a Native American woman on a New Mexico reservation. Up until recently tribal police were defenseless against non-native perpetrators.
For the first time, the federal government has made a focused effort to address Native American veteran homelessness. Native Americans serve in the military at a higher rate than any ethnic or racial group.
Many Native American businesses face unique cultural and regulatory obstacles. One group is trying to bridge the gap between entrepreneurial and native cultures and has had some success, but their federal funding just ran out.
Since July there have been at least ten suicides on the Navajo Nation. The tribe’s president has linked the deaths to a mine spill that devastated hundreds of farmers. But suicide is a much larger and ongoing crisis for Native Americans. One they are reluctant to talk about.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell met with French officials this week to discuss the sale of tribal sacred objects sold at Paris auction houses.