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How Tony Hillermans mystery novels showcased Navajo characters
The book publishing genre of mysteries was dominated by detectives and protagonists from London, New York, and Los Angeles. But Tony Hillerman wrote 18 novels featuring characters Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo tribal police, and he helped open up that geographical area beginning in the early 1970s.
Dec. 1, 2021
Breast-conserving surgery inaccessible to many Native women
Recovering from a lumpectomy — also known as breast-conserving surgery — is time consuming and often requires daily radiation treatments. That could prove difficult for Indigenous patients who live on remote reservation land.
Dec. 1, 2021
Donations abound for Afghan evacuees, but housing is still uncertain
About a fifth of some 3,000 Afghans expected to resettle in Arizona will come to Tucson. But their arrival has been slower than expected.
Nov. 30, 2021
Sonoran searchers find numerous clandestine graves in statewide effort
The Madres Buscadoras de Sonora conducted searches as far south as Huatabampo and as far north as San Luis Rio Colorado.
Nov. 30, 2021
Sonoran LGBTQ groups call for national ban on conversion therapy
A measure that would criminally sanction such practices has been stalled in the Mexican Senate.
Nov. 30, 2021
Border activists worry how the omicron variant could affect asylum
The U.S. and other countries are instating new travel bans as the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread. As the new restrictions take hold, rights activists and advocacy groups at the border are wondering how the new changes will affect asylum.
Nov. 30, 2021
The border is open, but asylum seekers remain in limbo
A controversial Trump-era policy aimed at keeping refugees out of the U.S. during the pandemic is being continued by the Biden administration.
Nov. 30, 2021
Proposed DACA change draws drew more than 9,000 comments
The Biden administration is trying to preserve DACA the embattled DACA program with a proposed federal rule change that would formalize the Obama-era program’s protections.
Nov. 29, 2021
Sonoran governor hopes to bring solar to mountain communities
The governor of neighboring Sonora hopes to bring solar energy plants to the state’s rural communities. Building the facilities could also improve broadband internet access in some rural communities, according to state authorities.
Nov. 29, 2021
Sonora returns to moderate on national COVID-19 risk scale
After several weeks at low, Sonora is heading in the wrong direction on the national coronavirus risk scale. Three other border states, and Baja California Sur, are also considered yellow, or moderate risk.
Nov. 29, 2021
Feminist organizer killed in attack on Sonora protest
Sonora is reeling from an armed attack late last week that left three people dead and two others seriously injured. One of those killed was a woman taking part in a protest against gender violence.
Nov. 29, 2021
Border wall protester and supporters rally as religious freedom defense is denied
Hia C-ed O'odham activist Amber Ortega and her supporters held a rally in Tucson after a magistrate judge ruled a religious freedom defense could not be used to determine her guilt or innocence in a case in which she faces federal charges for physically blocking construction machinery near Quitobaquito Springs last year.
Nov. 24, 2021
Homeland Security: 98% of CBP employees are vaccine mandate compliant
This week marked the deadline for most federal employees and government contractors to get vaccinated for COVID-19 under the Biden administration’s mandates.
Nov. 24, 2021
Mexico to offer Haitian migrants alternative to asylum
Haitian migrants arriving in Mexico may soon be eligible to stay and work in the country without applying for asylum.
Nov. 24, 2021
Suspected food poisoning incident at hotel hosting Afghan evacuees
Health officials in Pima County are investigating an incident that left 56 people ill with what is expected to be food poisoning at a Tucson hotel hosting Afghan evacuees.
Nov. 23, 2021
Sonoran searching groups meet with UN representatives
The UN’s Committee on Enforced Disappearances has been touring Mexico, and was most recently in neighboring Sinaloa, where the meeting took place.
Nov. 23, 2021
Flagstaff mayor: Coconino County has more COVID-19 cases than year ago
Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy warned that Flagstaff Medical Center had no critical care beds available as of Tuesday morning.
Nov. 23, 2021
Sonora’s 2020 murder record falls, with 2 months left to report in 2021
Much of the violence is concentrated in a handful of municipalities, like Cajeme, which has seen more than a third of murder cases so far this year.
Nov. 23, 2021
Alden Global trying to buy publisher of 2 AZ newspapers
A hedge fund group known for eliminating newspaper reporting jobs to maximize profits is trying to buy the publisher of Arizona newspapers in Tucson and Flagstaff.
Nov. 22, 2021
UA students put on a play entirely in the Navajo language
Students in the University of Arizona’s intermediate Navajo language class are putting on “Back to the Rez,” a play about identity and cultural knowledge, done entirely in Diné Bizaad, the Navajo language.
Nov. 21, 2021