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Navajo Nation president's office
The proposal will mean access to piped water for tribal members living without it and settle all of the Navajo Nation’s water rights claims as well as those for the Hopi and the San Juan Paiute tribes.
Feb. 28, 2024
Desert Diamond West Valley casino
If the Legislature tries to authorize certain gambling devices related to horse racing, Arizona’s attorney general says that tribal communities could withhold money they’d normally owe the state from gambling revenues.
Feb. 27, 2024
Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project
The $366 million plan will fund solar, battery storage and hydropower projects in sparsely populated regions where electricity can be costly and unreliable. The money comes from a $1 trillion infrastructure law President Joe Biden signed in 2021.
Feb. 27, 2024
Navajo Nation
A New Mexico businesswoman is accused of defrauding the U.S. government and two Native American tribes of taxes and royalties for oil and gas her enterprises pulled from leased federal and tribal lands.
Feb. 27, 2024
Grand Canyon
The owners of a uranium mine just south of the Grand Canyon have embarked on a messaging tour of Arizona to counter what they say are inaccurate portrayals of the mine.
Feb. 21, 2024
PRL x Naiomi Glasses Wool-Blend Sweater
Naiomi Glasses is Polo Ralph Lauren's first artist in residence, using her Navajo weaving in a new collection that came out this winter. She's also a skateboarder, model and advocate for people born with a cleft palate, like her.
More from The Show’s Made in Arizona series
Feb. 21, 2024
Close-up of Josiah Enriquez constructing a ball out of hoops and sticking out his tongue
This last weekend's 34th annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest, with deep ties to the Southwest, has been elevated to another level for audiences, both in the arena and back at home.
More tribal natural resoures stories
Feb. 21, 2024
Cathedral Rock Trailhead Sedona Arizona
No matter what types of movies you enjoy, over the next several weeks, Arizona has hundreds of offerings, whether that’s in the Phoenix metro region or Sedona. Here's some of the highlights from three film festivals in Arizona, as well as a bonus take in this director’s cut.
Feb. 21, 2024
methamphetamine, fentanyl powder, fentanyl pills
Tribal leaders testified about an insufficient response by state and federal law enforcement to the drug traffickers who bring fentanyl onto reservations.
Feb. 20, 2024
Power lines monsoon
The Interior Department announced $10 million to upgrade BIA-owned irrigation projects and power utilities serving tribal communities on Friday. Two of those projects directly benefit tribes in Arizona.
Feb. 17, 2024
The fourth annual Arizona Two Spirit Powwow takes place on Saturday, Feb. 17 at South Mountain Community College.
Powwows are meant to be safe spaces where Indigenous peoples can socialize and express themselves through song and dance. For some tribes, gender can limit what a person may perform. But those rules don’t apply at the fourth annual Arizona Two Spirit Powwow this weekend.
Feb. 15, 2024
san carlos apache reservation sign
The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is expanding a program to help rural communities with serious sewage problems get technical help to plan improvements and apply for funding.
Feb. 14, 2024
President Joe Biden
The Show spoke with Arizona House Speaker Ben Toma about why he and other legislative Republicans are suing over nearly 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon that President Joe Biden designated a national monument last year.
Feb. 14, 2024
Group of people
The Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture's program trains three to five aspiring farmers each cycle in Ajo and on the Tohono O’odham Nation
Feb. 13, 2024
Keelono Bond breaks apart a packrat nest with a rake while San Carlos Apache forager Twila Cassadore supervises him.
Packrats are pests, particularly for car owners in and around the Valley. Yet this species is prized among Apaches in winter. And even an essential ingredient for their traditional diet.
More tribal natural resoures stories
Feb. 12, 2024
Tribal member with headdress and staff at podium
Calling it an unlawful "land grab,'' the top Arizona legislative Republicans filed suit Monday against President Joe Biden over his decision last year to designate nearly 1 million acres of federal land near the Grand Canyon as a national monument.
Feb. 12, 2024
Gilbert Ortega Native American Galleries in Old Town Scottsdale
Authorities in Scottsdale will not pursue criminal charges against a gallery owner whose racist rant last year was caught on video while Native American dancers were being filmed.
Feb. 11, 2024
The Old San Carlos Memorial is located in Peridot on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.
Annually organized by the nonprofit Apache Stronghold, this 48-mile, multi-day spiritual journey starting from the San Carlos Apache Reservation celebrates a decade, as tribal communities continue to oppose a massive copper mining project proposed on land deep within the Tonto National Forest.
Feb. 10, 2024
The Guardians of the Grand Canyon Ram Dancers, based in Havasupai Falls, performed a social circle dance on Sunday at the Arizona Indian Festival in Old Town Scottsdale.
Grand Canyon National Park generates nearly $1 billion annually from tourism, including tribal arts and crafts. National Park Service staff recently traveled to the Arizona Indian Festival to expand representation among those harder-to-reach tribal communities.
Feb. 8, 2024
Young and Native voters interviewed by NPR
NPR spoke with six young Indigenous-identifying Arizona voters to discuss what political parties need to do to win over their potentially election-deciding vote this November.
Feb. 7, 2024

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