Native American Affairs

New border fence
The United Nations UNESCO committee is calling on the Biden administration to work with Mexico to repair damage done to the Sonoran Desert where that country’s border meets with protected Arizona land.
Jul. 23, 2021
Navajo Nation
The largest Native American reservation in the U.S. is continuing to struggle with drought conditions. The majority of the Navajo Nation is in extreme or exceptional drought.
Jul. 20, 2021
Teachers walk into the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center
In the 1800s, the government authorized officials to remove Indigenous children from their families and tribes to be “civilized” — assimilated into American culture by stripping them of their tribal identities. The Phoenix Indian School was one of these institutions.
Jul. 20, 2021
Vote-Election-Sign
The former chairman of the Navajo County Democratic Party is spearheading an effort to get voters to overturn three changes in election laws approved this year by the Republican-controlled legislature in the wake of Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump.
Jul. 7, 2021
Jonathan Nez
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez signed legislation Tuesday to rescind an order that closed the reservation to outside visitors. It lifts several COVID-19 restrictions that will allow tribal parks to reopen at 50% capacity with safety protocols in place as early as Thursday and also allow schools to eventually reopen under a required safety plan.
Jul. 7, 2021
sports bet ticket
The Gaming Department says it remains on track for sports betting to go live on opening night of the NFL’s regular season in early September. The public has until midnight Wednesday, July 7, to provide feedback.
Jul. 2, 2021
Krystal Tsosie
Krystal Tsosie is a geneticist and bioethicist at Vanderbilt University and the Native BioData Consortium and a member of the Navajo Nation. She helped to organize the first IndigiData consortium, which met in June, focused on training a new generation of Indigenous data scientists.
Jul. 1, 2021
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A longtime leader of the Havasupai Tribe who fought to protect its resources by lobbying against mining around the Grand Canyon and snowmaking at an Arizona ski resort has died. Services for Rex Tilousi begin Friday with a traditional wake at the family’s home in the village of Supai.
Jun. 25, 2021
Havasu Falls
The Havasupai Tribal Council has made the decision to continue keeping tourists from visiting the tribe’s picturesque land, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
Jun. 12, 2021
Nicholas Galanin Never Forget Indian Land sign
Each spring, the desert outside of Palm Springs, California, is activated with massive, experimental, international contemporary art installations. It’s called Desert X. And this year, one exhibition caught headlines around the globe.
Jun. 11, 2021
Melanie Yazzie Red Nation Rising
In Western lore, the “border town” was a lawless outpost on the fringe of society, serving as the buffer against the unknown — across the border into Mexico. But Melanie Yazzie's work focuses on a different kind of border town.
Jun. 9, 2021
Diné College student collects water sample
The University of Arizona and the Navajo Nation’s Diné College were awarded a $500,000 federal grant for training and research on water scarcity and challenges on the reservation.
Jun. 4, 2021
Broadband ethernet cable
The Biden administration is making available $1 billion in federal grants to expand the availability of high-speed internet on tribal lands. The Federal Communications Commission has estimated that about one-third of people living on tribal lands lack access to high-speed internet. But others say the figure is much higher.
Jun. 4, 2021
illustration of sports betting
Sports gambling and daily fantasy are now legal in Arizona. But neither will be operational until the Arizona Department of Gaming can create the rules and regulations.
May. 27, 2021
sports bet ticket
Gambling on sporting events and online fantasy sports betting became legal in Arizona on Monday, along with a host of new gambling options at tribal casinos, after the U.S. Department of the Interior approved an updated tribal gaming compact with the state.
May. 25, 2021
Jonathan Nez
The Navajo Nation just became the biggest Native American tribe in the country. The status comes after a big effort by the tribe to enroll and fix their records as they attempted to give out federal COVID-19 relief money last year. The Show spoke with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
May. 20, 2021
Navajo pandemic
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 vaccines are effective enough that vaccinated people don’t need masks in most settings. But the country’s largest Native American reservation will continue to enforce a face mask requirement for now.
May. 19, 2021
Navajo Nation president's office
The Navajo Nation has by far the largest land mass of any Native American tribe in the country. Now, it's boasting the largest enrolled population, too. The number grew to nearly 400,000 as a result of payments made to individual Navajos for hardships during the pandemic.
May. 19, 2021
Jonathan Nez
In a joint statement, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer voiced their disappointment with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey for signing two voter restriction bills into law.
May. 12, 2021
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The San Carlos Apaches have fought a proposed copper mine that would be located about an hour east of Phoenix because it will destroy an important cultural site. But the mine could also have impacts on the Phoenix area and beyond.
May. 7, 2021

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