Native American Affairs

Syringe
Arizona’s Native American population has been hit disproportionately hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Native Americans make up about 5% of Arizona’s population but at least 8% of the state’s deaths from the virus. But since vaccines started rolling out across the state, Native Americans have been getting vaccinated at higher rates than the general population.
Mar. 9, 2021
archived recordings
As researchers have been learning for decades, digging into history can be more challenging when elements include items like newspapers and analog tapes, because aging can render them brittle and sometimes unusable. So digitizing is a priority. That’s an important step that will be taken for oral histories of Native Americans that were recorded in the 1960s and 1970s.
Mar. 5, 2021
Broadband ethernet cable
The Federal Communications Commission recently approved the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, which is expected to enable eligible households to receive a discount on the cost of broadband service and connected devices during the pandemic, including and especially those on tribal land.
Feb. 27, 2021
Another Senate confirmation hearing for one of President Biden’s Cabinet is scheduled later this week. If approved this would be a first in the nation’s history.
Feb. 21, 2021
University of Arizona Old Main
The University of Arizona will receive funding to help revive the state’s tribal histories that were recorded decades ago.
Feb. 18, 2021
Oak Flat sign
A federal judge has rejected a request by the grassroots group Apache Stronghold to keep the U.S. Forest Service from transferring a parcel of land to a copper mining company.
Feb. 12, 2021
Dr. Sophina Calderon
With many of us spending much more time at home over the last year, the common things we’d do most days have become much less common. For those who can work from home or order groceries via an app, the overall effect on our lives hasn’t been extremely dramatic. But many residents of the Navajo Nation and members of the Hopi Tribe have much greater challenges.
Feb. 11, 2021
Tempe Town Lake bridges
In January, the city of Tempe officially recognized its land as the homeland of Native American tribes who originally inhabited the area.
Feb. 6, 2021
Jonathan Nez
The president of the Navajo Nation, Jonathan Nez, says he’s encouraged by progress he’s seeing on the COVID-19 vaccination effort on the reservation. The Navajo Nation has administered more than 53,000 COVID-19 vaccinations and Nez is hoping to make even more progress this month.
Feb. 5, 2021
The Navajo Nation held a virtual memorial service for former President Albert Hale on Friday. Hale died Tuesday of COVID-19 at age 70.
Feb. 5, 2021
Earth+Bone
A judge heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case involving Oak Flat, a section of the Tonto National Forest that could become one of the largest copper mines in the United States. A coalition of tribes and conservation groups has tried to block a land swap that would give part of the forest to a London-based mining company.
Feb. 3, 2021
Havasu Creek
Feb. 1 is the day when the Havasupai tribe normally lets people sign up to visit its lodge, campgrounds and for hiking permits, but this year there was not an online dash to get a spot.
Jan. 30, 2021
solar panels
President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office tomorrow in Washington, D.C. With that comes a lot of expectations from interested parties around the country — including tribes.
Jan. 19, 2021
Havasu Falls
The Havasupai Tribal Council has voted to extend its suspension of tourism until further notice. The Grand Canyon tribe has been aggressive in its management of the pandemic, and so far, there have been no reported cases of coronavirus in Supai Village.
Dec. 21, 2020
Roland Begay
The Indian Health Service has distributed its first allocation of Pfizer vaccines for COVID-19 to health care centers in the Navajo Nation area. On Tuesday, the Navajo area IHS delivered 3,900 Pfizer vaccines.
Dec. 16, 2020
Syringe
As the first shipments of coronavirus vaccines go out across the country, health officials are urging Native American communities to participate. But tribal communities have historic reasons to feel wary.
Dec. 15, 2020
water on the Hopi Reservation
Clean water is one of the basic tools of human survival, and a huge percentage of us have easy access to it whenever we want. That hasn’t applied to members of the Hopi Tribe, many of whom have to drive miles to wells and then load up their vehicles to bring the water back home.
Dec. 15, 2020
Jonathan Nez
The Navajo Nation continues its COVID-19-related lockdown through the end of December, including 57-hour weekend lockdowns. And that public health order may be extended. The Navajo Area Indian Health Service is overseeing most of the Navajo Nation’s distribution of the Pfizer vaccine, which will begin with health care workers on Tuesday.
Dec. 14, 2020
An irrigation canal carries Colorado River
The Colorado River Indian Tribes near Parker is proposing a federal law to allow it to lease water rights in Arizona, a move that could aid the state’s response to the drought.
Dec. 12, 2020
Colorado River
The Colorado River Indian Tribes on the western edge of Arizona have the largest share of first-priority Colorado River water rights in the state. Now, the tribal council is proposing to lease some of its water for non-tribal use.
Nov. 24, 2020

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