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.
Tribal members across the country are rallying in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. For many in Arizona the conflict hits home.
The EPA will pay environmental firms $85 million to assess the damage done by uranium mining companies over four decades. The agency announced the contract opportunities Aug. 31.
The public will get a chance to voice their opinions Aug. 29 and 30 about allowing a mining company to reopen three uranium mines on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.
In Mesa, four medical group homes known as the Bogden House have taken in children with severe medical problems. Half are from far away Indian reservations where medical facilities, equipment and specialists are harder to come by.
Navajo leaders and community members are outraged and are petitioning for a federal investigation into the shooting death of a Navajo woman last March. The Maricopa County Attorney said Friday he will not press charges against the police officer involved.
Legislation was introduced Wednesday in the U.S. Senate that would impose stiffer penalties on those who export sacred Native American artifacts.
The Navajo Nation is creating its own Amber Alert plan to respond to kidnappings like the one that resulted in a young girl’s death in May. It would be the first of its kind in the country.