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.
The Bureau of Indian Education is hoping a few more schools will venture out of their administrative nest, encouraging tribes to take over management. The hope is that schools will actually thrive when locally run. But it’s a hard transition.
Nearly 50,000 Native American children across the country, or about 10 percent, attend schools run by the Bureau of Indian Education. It’s a federal system that has been around in some form for more than 150 years. The school system is now facing some fundamental change.
The Hopi High School boys cross country team just won its 26th consecutive state title. For the Hopi, running is a part of who they are, as it's been for centuries.
About 9,000 veterans live on the Navajo Nation. And many live in poor and overcrowded conditions, often without running water or electricity.