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Cardiac Canyon stretches for 2.5 miles and is part of Antelope Canyon near Page.
“Bad Indian: Hiding in Antelope Canyon” premiered at the Phoenix Film Festival and tells the story of Hastiin Tadidinii — whose name translates to "Corn Pollen Man" and who avoided the Long Walk forced on the Navajos starting in 1863.
Apr. 10, 2024
Alex Soto, director of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center, emcees the grand opening of a new space at Hayden Hall on the Tempe campus.
Last Wednesday, Arizona State University held an open house at Hayden Hall on the Tempe campus to honor a new space for the Labriola National Indian Data Center.
Apr. 8, 2024
On this episode of KJZZ's Word podcast about literature, we celebrate National Poetry Month and the release of the debut crime novel from an Emmy Award-winning and long-time KJZZ reporter.
Apr. 6, 2024
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Indian Country has long been disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. And for the first-time ever, a pair of Native Americans are co-chairing the Aunt Rita’s Foundation annual AIDS Walk in Tempe on Saturday.
Apr. 3, 2024
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This historic gathering has attracted hundreds of experts, scholars, researchers and activists to southern Arizona to establish a national standard for Indigenous data governance and help tribal communities protect their traditional knowledge.
Apr. 1, 2024
A crowd listens to families and victims of sober living homes share their devastating stories at a town hall meeting organized by 'Stolen People, Stolen Benefits,' a grassroots watchdog group on Tuesday, March 26.
On Tuesday night, both rural and urban Natives traveled from near and far to the site of a former boarding school at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix to share the devastating impacts of a sober-living-home scandal that gained widespread notoriety after the shutdown of more than 300 facilities last year.
Mar. 27, 2024
Crossbars in the middle of public bench
Since the 1970s, cities have been employing something called "hostile architecture" to try to keep certain people from being in certain places. Some states are now starting to rethink this, but Jonathan Pacheco Bell says it’s still very common in cities around the world.
Mar. 26, 2024
tents at 'the zone' homeless encampment in downtown phoenix
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated more than 11% of the country’s population was at or below the poverty line. Matt Desmond, though, says there are things all of us can do to try to reduce that number.
Mar. 25, 2024
gavel in front of a statue of the scales of justice
The Arizona Attorney General is asking a court to take control of a Mesa assisted living facility. Last week, Attorney General Kris Mayes filed a lawsuit alleging elder abuse and consumer fraud by the owners of Heritage Village Assisted Living.
Mar. 23, 2024
Phoenix Pride 2018
A new, national survey shows that support for same-sex marriage and other LGBTQ protections have declined among Americans.
Mar. 19, 2024
Desert View Watchtower overlooking the Grand Canyon's South Rim.
The return of the Grand Canyon National Park’s cultural demonstration program, which highlights artisans from the 11 culturally associated tribes, marks a decade since the program began.
Mar. 19, 2024
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The death of a nonbinary high school student has been ruled a suicide by the Oklahoma medical examiner's office. Local advocate calls it "murder."
Mar. 19, 2024
Michael Soto
Equality Arizona has for more than 30 years been a powerful voice for LGBTQ+ rights at the state Capitol. But then, last year — without any press coverage — Equality Arizona was gone.
Mar. 7, 2024
Palestinian flag in wind
South Tucson is an autonomous 1.2-square-mile city with about 5,000 residents that’s completely surrounded by the city of Tucson. Now, it’s the first city in Arizona to pass a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
Mar. 6, 2024
Tucson Water Director John Kmiec
PFAS are a group of widely-used, human-made chemicals linked to health issues like cancer and thyroid disease. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a long-awaited set of drinking water standards for the chemicals this year. But contamination has already been found in thousands of communities around the country like Tucson.
Mar. 6, 2024
The Arizona State Senate building
A bill that would establish minimum training standards for staff who work at assisted living facilities that advertise “memory care services” is now in the Arizona Senate.
Mar. 5, 2024
The recent death of a nonbinary teenager in Oklahoma has some LGBTQ youth in Arizona and across the nation feeling afraid. That’s according to one local advocate.
Mar. 5, 2024
Medical professional checking heartbeat of homeless patient with a stethoscope
Circle the City provides mobile health care to unhoused individuals around the Valley. On a sunny February morning, a street medicine team saw patients during breakfast at Burnidge Soup Kitchen near 35th Avenue and Osborn Road.
Feb. 29, 2024
A gallon-size Ziploc bag containing toiletry items for unhoused people, including pads and tampons
Women who experience homelessness often struggle to access menstrual products. These women may be forced to use unhygienic items which can put them at risk of infection.
Feb. 27, 2024
Pima County is scaling back operations amid a federal funding shortfall for migrant and asylum-seeker care. This means Casa Alitas in Tucson is laying off more than two dozen staff members.
Feb. 21, 2024


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