Tribal Natural Resources News

Native American tribes around the West are making critical decisions regarding the management of their resources — land, water, fossil fuels and renewable resources. The Tribal Natural Resources Desk aims to produce objective reporting to tell stories of tribes empowering themselves through stewardship and decision-making around their resources.
Diné College gets national grant for boarding school project
Diné College is one of 14 tribal grant recipients from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund projects that recognize the traumatic legacies of federally run boarding schools.
Apr. 15, 2024
A new Navajo film honors a larger-than-life Diné folk hero who hid out in Antelope Canyon
“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.
April 12, 2024
UA to host Indigenous data sovereignty, governance summit
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.
April 11, 2024
ASUs Labriola National Data Center gets new space
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.
April 10, 2024
2 Navajos will lead Tempe AIDS Walk on Saturday
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.
April 5, 2024
Bureau of Reclamation announces $320M to fund tribal water projects
These new federal funds, made available through the Inflation Reduction Act, are solely eligible for tribes residing in the 17 western states served by Reclamation.
April 4, 2024
Hear the voices of families, victims at a town hall on Arizona’s sober living home scandal
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.
March 28, 2024
PRCA ‘Home of the Navajo’ Rodeo returns to Window Rock in May
Rodeo is a world-renowned sport and way of life on the Navajo Nation. Recently, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, or PRCA, announced that it will soon return to the Nation’s capital in Window Rock.
March 25, 2024
Grand Canyon celebrates decade milestone for tribal cultural demos program
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.
March 21, 2024
They ran 200 miles in 6 days to protest lithium mine near sacred Hualapai hot spring
A group of runners and walkers from the Hualapai Tribe finished trekking more than 200 miles over six days from western Arizona to the Valley on Tuesday.
March 20, 2024
National Native HIV-AIDS Awareness Day is a reminder to get tested
Wednesday is National Native HIV-AIDS Awareness Day, first observed in 2007. This year’s theme is “It’s All Relative, Our Experience Makes a Difference.” It’s still a serious public health issue affecting tribal communities all across Indian Country, especially in Arizona.
March 20, 2024
This Hopi dry farmer is trying to safeguard seeds from climate change, commercialization
Michael Kotutwa Johnson is conducting new agricultural research at the University of Arizona to find solutions and combat cenvironmental trends, affecting even some of the most resilient Hopi dry farmers due to climate change.
March 20, 2024
Navajo Nation announces $50M contract with ZenniHome
This partnership between the Navajo Nation and Mesa-based company is meant to kickstart mass-scale manufacturing to meet a severe housing demand on the reservation and help Page bounce back following the shutdown of the Navajo Generating Station.
March 15, 2024
Future of fossilized dinosaur footprints uncertain
The Moenkopi Wash near Tuba City is home to dozens of tracks, from the Dilophosaurus to the T-Rex. And a ragtag group of Navajo guides greet tourists right off the roadside, directly across from a green-painted “turn here” sign.
March 13, 2024
SOTU guests from AZ show Biden needs Native support
When President Joe Biden gave his State of the Union address Thursday, Native Americans from Arizona were special guests on Capitol Hill. It sent a clear message about the importance of Indigenous support for Democrats facing high-stakes elections this year in battleground states.
March 10, 2024
Haaland announces $14.5M to electrify AZ tribal homes
This week, the Interior Department allocated $72 million to aid tribal communities in electrifying their homes on a path toward zero-emissions energy systems. Three of the 21 tribes receiving federal funding are from Arizona.
March 7, 2024
Navajo Nation offers public education meetings on possible water settlement
Twelve public meetings, coordinated by the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission and Navajo Department of Justice’s Water Rights Unit, are slated all around the reservation through next Wednesday.
March 6, 2024
UA acknowledges it sits on Native lands. Some say it should use funds to help Native students
More than 10 million acres were taken from Native American tribes to create the more than 100 so-called land-grant universities, including the University of Arizona. Recent reporting from Grist says those funds aren't used to help Native students.
March 6, 2024
Suns mark last ORIGINATIV night of the season with hoop dancers, Reservation Dogs music group
For two years now, the Phoenix Suns have been exposing NBA fans to Native culture during certain home games with themed uniforms as well as Indigenous music and entertainment. Sunday was this season’s last heritage game night at the Footprint Center.
March 4, 2024
Indigenous businesses in Arizona can apply for 1st USDA tribal trade mission to Canada
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service recently announced a first-of-its-kind agribusiness trade mission to Vancouver, Canada, this summer. It’s aimed at spotlighting tribal products, and interest is mounting among agribusinesses in Arizona.
March 1, 2024
Arizonas Rep. Eli Crane helps U.S. House pass the Native American Entrepreneurial Opportunity Act
On Thursday, an overwhelmingly bipartisan resolution passed the U.S. House to help benefit tribal entrepreneurs on reservations. And one of its co-sponsors came from Arizona's congressional delegation.
March 1, 2024

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