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A sign for the 'Oak Flat Prayer Rising' on Saturday morning can be seen from U.S. Route 60 heading from the town of Superior toward the campground.
The fate of Oak Flat, a holy site to the Apaches, remains uncertain after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard the Apache Stronghold’s case after a prior ruling against them.
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Nov. 7, 2023
Erin Joyce
Arizona State University has appointed a new curator at large for its museum. The daughter of two creative parents, Erin Joyce was raised in northern Arizona and began her prior work as a curator on an independent basis in California.
Nov. 4, 2023
gavel in a courtroom
The Department of Justice is partnering with the Colorado River Indian Tribes, known as CRIT, aims to help prosecute domestic violence and sexual assaults that take place on tribal land.
Nov. 3, 2023
The 71-acre Vista del Camino Park is situated near the community center and historic Penjamo Yaqui neighborhood in south Scottsdale.
This weekend commemorates a milestone for the Penjamo neighborhood that had been home to many laborers who worked on the Salt River Project canal system around the turn of the 20th century.
Nov. 3, 2023
gavel in a courtroom
A new indictment charges the operator of four so-called sober living homes in Phoenix with crimes related to patient brokering. It alleges he offered to provide patients to an AHCCCS funded facility and instead housed them in four unlicensed sober living homes throughout the Valley.
Nov. 2, 2023
Arcadia High School senior Gabriella Nakai is Navajo, Choctaw and the only Indigenous youth recognized at the White House's 'Girls Leading Change' celebration.
Arcadia High School senior Gabriella Nakai was the only Indigenous young woman among 15 honorees nationwide at last month's White House Gender Policy Council celebration where she had the chance to meet First Lady Jill Biden.
Nov. 2, 2023
stack of books
10 medical centers in Arizona from downtown Phoenix to the Four Corners will give families a chance to read books written and illustrated by Indigenous peoples during check-ups and well-child visits.
Nov. 2, 2023
Katie Hobbs
Gov. Katie Hobbs said she is communicating with the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs about lowering rates for Florence and Coolidge residents served by the San Carlos Irrigation Project.
Nov. 1, 2023
police crime tape
The U.S. government must spend more money on public safety and criminal justice within tribal communities if it wants to combat the grossly disproportionate violence there. That’s according to an advisory committee created to combat the problems.
Nov. 1, 2023
Arizona Humanities is kicking off Native American Heritage Month on Wednesday, Nov. 1, with an online panel of Indigenous authors.
Oct. 31, 2023
adoption court paperwork
The Navajo tribal government announced it has streamlined a process to determine if a child eligible for adoption is Navajo – a change it hopes will strengthen the Indian Child Welfare Act that was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Oct. 31, 2023
Arizona State University MFA creative writing student Amber Blaeser-Wardzala holds a copy of "Never Whistle at Night" behind Ross-Blakley Hall in Tempe.
Anishinaabe author Amber Blaeser-Wardzala's short story, titled “Collections,” bookends her time in the Creative Writing program at Arizona State University.
Oct. 31, 2023
Author photo of Ramona Emerson next to “Shutter” book cover
Diné author Ramona Emerson spoke with The Show about how she drew from her culture and career for her debut novel, "Shutter."
Oct. 30, 2023
Indian Route 6730 cuts through the Navajo homestead in Cameron.
The Safe Streets and Roads for All program has disbursed federal funding to the Navajo Nation and Hualapai Tribe. And Arizona's six grantees have been collectively allocated more than $3.1 million in federal funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Oct. 27, 2023
The Dishchii' Bikoh’ Apache Group performs the Crown Dance on a raised platform inside Desert Diamond Arena.
Desert Diamond Arena was the home of Ridge Rider Days, a weekend-long professional bull riding competition that ended earlier this month. It was also an Indigenous showcase featuring a Navajo athlete and an Apache youth dance group.
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Oct. 24, 2023
Lily Gladstone, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in “Killers of the Flower Moon.”
Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” premieres in theaters tomorrow. It tells the story of the FBI’s investigation into a string of murders of tribal members after oil was discovered on Osage land in the 1920s.
Oct. 19, 2023
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff
A Northern Arizona University program is recruiting Native American educators who want to stay in their communities while completing their teaching degrees.
Oct. 19, 2023
Jonathan Nez
Arlyssa Becenti, indigenous affairs reporter for the Arizona Republic, joined The Show to talk more about Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez's announcement he'd be running against Republican Rep. Eli Crane for a seat in Congress.
Oct. 19, 2023
Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes meets in front of NATIVE HEALTH's voter registration booth at this weekend's open house and health fair.
Several high-profile local and federal guests arrived, including Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, who came to present a proclamation to the urban Native clinic during its annual open house and health fair on Saturday.
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Oct. 17, 2023
border patrol patch
Body-camera footage shows agents and a tribal police officer surrounding Raymond Mattia moments after he surrenders a sheathed knife outside his home in the Tohono O’odham Nation. A flurry of gunshots ring out moments later. He was unarmed.
Oct. 16, 2023


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