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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The Navajo Nation has rescinded a mask mandate that's been in effect since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Friday, fulfilling a pledge that new tribal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
Fronteras Desk logo
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
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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
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
President Joe Biden pledged to work closer with America’s tribes, and has taken a number of steps to fulfill that pledge. The president recently took another.
Dec. 21, 2022
Coming up on this Season 8-ender of Word, we go on a show bender with highlights spanning the entire run-of-show from where it started on the island of Guam in 2016 until now.
Dec. 11, 2022
Although human-induced climate change is making wildfires more frequent and intense, natural cycles have sparked wildfires in the Southwest for centuries. New research examines how Native American cultural practices softened their impacts.
Dec. 8, 2022
United States flag and a U.S. Department of Homeland Security flag
The leaders of two southern Arizona tribes have been appointed to join the Tribal Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Dec. 7, 2022
Colorado River
After more than a century of dam building and development, the Colorado River ends as a trickle at the Arizona-Mexico border. The river was once the lifeblood of the Cocopah, or River People. The tribe has begun trying to return a sliver of that landscape to what it once was.
More news from the Tribal Natural Resources Desk
Dec. 6, 2022
Joe Biden
President Joe Biden pledged to give tribal communities a stronger voice in federal policy and announced new steps that included tribal consultation and a plan to revive native languages.
Nov. 30, 2022
Bright Angel Trail
Indian Garden has long been a major rest stop for hikers on the Grand Canyon’s Bright Angel Trail. But the landmark is getting a name change.
Nov. 21, 2022
san carlos apache reservation sign
A proposed copper mine 70 miles east of Phoenix is facing another legal setback. The Arizona Court of Appeals has sided with the San Carlos Apache Tribe in its latest bid to keep Resolution Copper from moving forward.
Nov. 17, 2022
The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month heard arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act. And Robert Miller says how they rule could have major impacts on Native law beyond the act itself.
Nov. 17, 2022
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff
Starting next fall, Northern Arizona University will provide full tuition to members of the state’s 22 federally recognized tribes.
Nov. 16, 2022
Navajo Nation president's office
Buu Nygren entered the Navajo presidential race with a platform echoed by generations of candidates: deliver basic needs on the vast reservation where most roads are unpaved and thousands of families don't have running water or electricity.
Nov. 10, 2022
The Arizona Department of Education hosted a panel of Indigenous authors on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to kick off Native American Heritage Month.
Nov. 4, 2022


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