Native American Affairs

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
Hopi Council
Lockdowns have been put in place for both the Navajo and Hopi reservations. But with another COVID-19 surge and limited resources, the tribes need a second infusion of donations.
Nov. 23, 2020
Antelope Canyon
Like a lot of Arizona, Native American reservations in our state rely heavily on tourism. But with the pandemic, fewer people are traveling. And tribal communities have been hit harder than most by the virus. So where does that leave Native American businesses in our state?
Nov. 23, 2020
KJZZ logo generic card
As President-elect Joe Biden considers his Cabinet choices, Native Americans are urging him to to select one of their own for Interior Secretary. The Department of Interior manages parks and monuments throughout the United States. It also oversees 600 federally recognized tribes.
Nov. 21, 2020
White Mountain Apache Tribe
The White Mountain Apache Tribe fears a second wave of COVID-19 cases. Nearly 2,800 people have tested positive. More than 20% of the small eastern Arizona tribe have contracted the virus. Most have recovered but 42 people have died. 
Nov. 17, 2020
USS Arizona
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has built the 5-acre memorial near Scottsdale as a tribute to those who were aboard the USS Arizona when it was attacked and sank at Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
Nov. 15, 2020

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