Native American Affairs

A Native woman with red handprint over her mouth supports the Murdered Missing Indigenous Women, or MMIW movement, at the 2023 Native American Connections' Parade in Phoenix.
Each November 19th is recognized as Red Shawl Day, a national annual observance to bring attention violence committed against Indigenous peoples, particularly women and children.
Nov. 18, 2023
arizona prison cell
Prosecutors say a former comptroller has been sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling more than $670,000 from a tribal organization. They say 36-year-old Savannah Sandoval of Camp Verde also was ordered to pay more than $650,000 restitution to the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
Nov. 14, 2023
Flagstaff Public Library is hosting a free writing workshop on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It’s an interactive seminar exploring the past, present, and future of Dinétah, the homeland of the Navajo Nation.
Nov. 14, 2023
Gabriel and panel members
Gabriel Pietrorazio, KJZZ's tribal natural resources reporter, moderated a panel discussion on "Food, Water and the Future of Tribal Lands" on Wednesday, Nov. 29 in Tempe.
Nov. 14, 2023
Cha’Bii’Tu Apache Crown Dancers perform an honor dance, blessing veterans at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial.
The 11th annual American Indian Veteran Sunset Tribute at the Heard Museum on Saturday was a night brimming with uniquely Native sounds emanating from downtown Phoenix.
Nov. 13, 2023
On this episode, we take a heady journey into the art of the possible and explore Indigenous literature with two Diné women writers.
Nov. 12, 2023
Navajo Code Talker Thomas H. Begay salutes crowds, navigating the streets of Capitol Hill during last Veterans Day in Washington, D.C.
Although there are more than 140,000 Native veterans are still living today, only three of them are Navajo Code Talkers. One of them, Thomas Begay, was selected as a grand marshal for the 2023 Phoenix Veterans Parade.
Nov. 11, 2023
A mesita, or in the Yaqui language "tapanco," is filled with the favorite foods and beloved beverages of deceased loved ones in Guadalupe.
A pair of religious holidays, including an ancient celebration of death and life, occurred last week among faithful Pascua Yaquis in the town of Guadalupe.
Nov. 10, 2023
U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel process and screen migrants using facial comparison software for possible entry into the U.S.
Officials from the Tohono O’odham Nation say federal resources are needed to help respond to an increase in asylum seekers on tribal land along the border with Mexico.
Nov. 8, 2023
A sign for the 'Oak Flat Prayer Rising' on Saturday morning can be seen from U.S. Route 60 heading from the town of Superior toward the campground.
The fate of Oak Flat, a holy site to the Apaches, remains uncertain after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard the Apache Stronghold’s case after a prior ruling against them.
More tribal natural resources stories
Nov. 7, 2023
Erin Joyce
Arizona State University has appointed a new curator at large for its museum. The daughter of two creative parents, Erin Joyce was raised in northern Arizona and began her prior work as a curator on an independent basis in California.
Nov. 4, 2023
gavel in a courtroom
The Department of Justice is partnering with the Colorado River Indian Tribes, known as CRIT, aims to help prosecute domestic violence and sexual assaults that take place on tribal land.
Nov. 3, 2023
The 71-acre Vista del Camino Park is situated near the community center and historic Penjamo Yaqui neighborhood in south Scottsdale.
This weekend commemorates a milestone for the Penjamo neighborhood that had been home to many laborers who worked on the Salt River Project canal system around the turn of the 20th century.
Nov. 3, 2023
gavel in a courtroom
A new indictment charges the operator of four so-called sober living homes in Phoenix with crimes related to patient brokering. It alleges he offered to provide patients to an AHCCCS funded facility and instead housed them in four unlicensed sober living homes throughout the Valley.
Nov. 2, 2023
Arcadia High School senior Gabriella Nakai is Navajo, Choctaw and the only Indigenous youth recognized at the White House's 'Girls Leading Change' celebration.
Arcadia High School senior Gabriella Nakai was the only Indigenous young woman among 15 honorees nationwide at last month's White House Gender Policy Council celebration where she had the chance to meet First Lady Jill Biden.
Nov. 2, 2023
stack of books
10 medical centers in Arizona from downtown Phoenix to the Four Corners will give families a chance to read books written and illustrated by Indigenous peoples during check-ups and well-child visits.
Nov. 2, 2023
Katie Hobbs
Gov. Katie Hobbs said she is communicating with the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs about lowering rates for Florence and Coolidge residents served by the San Carlos Irrigation Project.
Nov. 1, 2023
police crime tape
The U.S. government must spend more money on public safety and criminal justice within tribal communities if it wants to combat the grossly disproportionate violence there. That’s according to an advisory committee created to combat the problems.
Nov. 1, 2023
Arizona Humanities is kicking off Native American Heritage Month on Wednesday, Nov. 1, with an online panel of Indigenous authors.
Oct. 31, 2023
adoption court paperwork
The Navajo tribal government announced it has streamlined a process to determine if a child eligible for adoption is Navajo – a change it hopes will strengthen the Indian Child Welfare Act that was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Oct. 31, 2023


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