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Peterson Zah
Peterson Zah, a monumental Navajo Nation leader who guided the tribe through a politically tumultuous era and worked tirelessly to correct wrongdoings against Native Americans, has died.
Mar. 8, 2023
Raúl Grijalva
Oak Flat stretches across just over 2,400 acres of the Tonoto National Forest and is a sacred site to the San Carlos Apache Tribe and other Arizona tribes. A last-minute piece of legislation passed in 2014 put its future into the hands of a proposed mining operation called Resolution Copper.
Mar. 6, 2023
Grand Falls
A group of Navajo residents living near what’s become a landmark waterfall in northern Arizona want to close it off to tourists and visitors, saying the increasingly popular area is being loved to death.
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Mar. 1, 2023
Feathers on display at Liberty Wildlife's feather conservatory
Bird feathers play a central role in many aspects of life for Native Americans. And an Arizona-based nonprofit helps make sure tribal members have the feathers they need, regardless of where they are across the country.
Feb. 27, 2023
State Farm Stadium
The game has renewed protests against the Kansas City team name and mascot. Tribal members from around the country plan on showing up to State Farm Stadium in Glendale to protest.
Feb. 10, 2023
The Department of Interior has allocated nearly $580 million to fulfill tribal water settlements. The money comes from the Biden administration’s Infrastructure Law and the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund.
Feb. 8, 2023
kyrsten sinema and mark kelly
When President Biden makes his State of the Union address, Arizona’s senators will be joined by members of two tribal communities.
Feb. 7, 2023
Navajo Nation land
Fifteen Native American tribes will get a total of $580 million in federal money this year for water rights settlements, the Biden administration announced Thursday.
Feb. 3, 2023
Nicolette Teufel-Shone
Native Americans have higher rates of cancer, including lung, colorectal, liver, stomach and kidney cancer, than the rest of the population. The reasons why are vast, but Nicolette Teufel-Shone we don't have a good enough grasp of the data on Native American cancer rates to begin in earnest to address the problem.
Jan. 31, 2023
Havasu Falls
The Havasupai Tribe announced that it is reopening Havasu Falls on Feb. 1. The famous waterfalls near the Grand Canyon were a major tourism draw before COVID-19 restrictions were put in place.
Jan. 27, 2023
Fort Mojave Twins geoglyphs
Geoglyphs are massive etchings on the land found found all over the world, including in Arizona, where development can threaten their preservation.
Jan. 26, 2023
Navajo Nation COVID sign
The Navajo Nation was one of the hardest hit places in the country during the worst parts of the COVID-19 pandemic. To get it under control, former President Jonathan Nez clamped down hard.
Jan. 25, 2023
Navajo pandemic
The Navajo Nation has rescinded a mask mandate that's been in effect since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Friday, fulfilling a pledge that new tribal President Buu Nygren made while campaigning for the office.
Jan. 21, 2023
Navajo Nation
Roughly 1 in 3 Native American elders will develop Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. They will likely rely on family caregivers, who will also need ongoing support. Now, new partnership that aims to reach family caregivers on the Navajo Nation.
Jan. 17, 2023
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President Joe Biden announced late last year that he intends to create a national monument in southeast Nevada that a number of Arizona tribes find significant.
Jan. 11, 2023
screen shot from Project ENABLE website
Sterling Martin grew up in a Diné household on the Navajo Nation and was always interested in science. He left for college and went to the University of Iowa to study biochemistry. But, when he came home, he couldn’t explain his work to his Diné-speaking family.
Jan. 9, 2023
Navajo Nation president's office
The Navajo Nation is set to inaugurate its new president Tuesday. Buu Nygren will take the oath, alongside his vice president, Richelle Montoya.
Jan. 9, 2023
Colorado River
The bills grant leasing authority, which could provide funds for a tribal nursing home and substance abuse treatment.
Jan. 6, 2023
Arizona State Museum Native American artifacts
Federal penalties have increased under a newly signed law intended to protect the cultural patrimony of Native American tribes, immediately making some crimes a felony and doubling the prison time for anyone convicted of multiple offenses.
Dec. 27, 2022
railroad tracks
One of the largest coal producers in the country has sued a major freight railroad, alleging it breached a contract to transport coal overseas.
Dec. 22, 2022


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