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Navajo Nation
According to the National Congress of American Indians, more than 8,500 people have left the Navajo Nation reservation since the 2010 census due to the lack of jobs and economic opportunities.
Oct. 4, 2021
She Is Missing MMIW artwork
Gabby Petito’s case has captured the nation’s attention in recent weeks as the mystery around her disappearance played out in real time on the news. But for some Native Americans, it only highlights what’s not covered so insatiably by the media: the disappearance and death of untold numbers of Indigenous women.
Sep. 28, 2021
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation Tuesday night unveiled the results of its community survey at a fundraising event tying into the fall equinox. The final draft provides insights into the next stage of growth for the area.
Sep. 21, 2021
hospital devices
Congressman Raul Grijalva has introduced a bill that will require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to work more closely with organizations that specialize in Indian health care policy.
Sep. 14, 2021
A judge on Monday evening refused to block a new Arizona law allowing sports gambling to be run by professional sports teams in a decision that will allow the major gambling expansion start as planned later this week.
Sep. 7, 2021
sports bet ticket
New sports betting laws are due to go into effect on Thursday in Arizona, but not if the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe has its say. A court hearing Monday, will decide whether to throw out a legal bid that could stop or at least delay the start of legal sports betting.
Sep. 6, 2021
water stream
A federal judge has thrown out a Trump-era rule that ended federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways and left them vulnerable to pollution from nearby development.
Sep. 1, 2021
hammer and a tool belt
Nearly 45% of Tohono O’odham Nation residents live in poverty. Only 20% have internet access. Even basic electricity is scarce across the reservation. These economic conditions present major challenges to learning and access to job training.
Aug. 31, 2021
Navajo pandemic
The number of COVID-19 cases reported on the Navajo Nation soared throughout July and August, but the outbreak on the reservation now appears to be slowing. Two weeks ago, the reservation was averaging 49 new infections per day. Now the average is 39 cases per day. But the Navajo Nation still reports uncontrolled spread in dozens of communities on the reservation.
Aug. 31, 2021
Edison-Eastlake future development site
The city has been planning to replace the housing projects with new, mixed-income housing since 2018. Now it has been discovered that the original projects were built over one of Phoenix’s largest archaeological sites, occupied centuries ago by the Hohokam people.
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Aug. 22, 2021
amber kanazbah crotty
A new investigation by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism is shedding a light on sex abuse of children in Indian Country.
Aug. 19, 2021
A key compromise in Arizona’s new gaming compact sets aside sports book licenses for professional team owners and venues like TPC Scottsdale. Now state officials say the number of tribes qualified for a license outnumbers those available.
Aug. 18, 2021
Zachary Justin drew from his outdoor environs in the Gila River Indian Community for the Roosevelt Row mural that features saguaros, birds, mountains and Indigenous symbols with a color palette that is heavy on blues, purples and magentas.
Aug. 16, 2021
Navajo Nation president's office
The Cherokee Nation traveled to the Navajo Nation to continue talks on a proposed treaty between the two nations. The treaty would allow the nations to enter inter-governmental relations to support one another on a number of issues.
Aug. 15, 2021
Navajo Nation COVID sign
The Navajo Nation plans to reinstate some COVID-19 restrictions as cases on the reservation rise. “It’s not time for us to stop following these protocols," said President Jonathan Nez.
Aug. 12, 2021
Kayenta Coal Mine
For half a century, Navajo and Hopi tribal lands were the site of one of the largest coal mining operations in the Western U.S. Years after the mines closed, some Navajo and Hopi citizens have concerns about what’s been left behind.
Aug. 9, 2021
New border fence
The United Nations UNESCO committee is calling on the Biden administration to work with Mexico to repair damage done to the Sonoran Desert where that country’s border meets with protected Arizona land.
Jul. 23, 2021
Navajo Nation
The largest Native American reservation in the U.S. is continuing to struggle with drought conditions. The majority of the Navajo Nation is in extreme or exceptional drought.
Jul. 20, 2021
Teachers walk into the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center
In the 1800s, the government authorized officials to remove Indigenous children from their families and tribes to be “civilized” — assimilated into American culture by stripping them of their tribal identities. The Phoenix Indian School was one of these institutions.
Jul. 20, 2021
The former chairman of the Navajo County Democratic Party is spearheading an effort to get voters to overturn three changes in election laws approved this year by the Republican-controlled legislature in the wake of Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump.
Jul. 7, 2021


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