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Navajo Code Talkers
A Navajo Code Talkers Day celebration will take place at the Wesley Bolin Plaza at the state Capitol on Monday. Descendants and dignitaries are expected to honor the past members of the U.S. military who were instrumental to the allies victory in World War II.
Aug. 13, 2023
Arizona Game and Fish Department logo
All five commissioners unanimously approved a series of amendments that modernize the long-standing cooperative agreement that centers on the role of law enforcement in relation to the state’s 22 federally recognized tribes.
Aug. 11, 2023
The U.S. Capitol
Ramona Farms, a trusted household name among tribal families across Indian Country, is advocating for greater recognition in the looming federal farm bill on Capitol Hill.
Aug. 11, 2023
President Joe Biden
Maya Tilousi-Lyttle, a high-school student from Cave Creek who is Havasupai and Hopi, also spoke about her mother’s efforts as a Havasupai tribal leader to protect the Grand Canyon.
Aug. 9, 2023
Former President Donald Trum
With the 2024 presidential election on the near horizon, state Republicans are looking ahead and suggesting a Trump victory may help reverse the Biden administration's latest executive order.
Aug. 8, 2023
A cattle herd at the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Cattle ranchers raised opposition to the Biden administration's designation of the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument.
Aug. 8, 2023
Carletta Tilousi
Arizona Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly recently introduced legislation to create a national monument around Grand Canyon National Park, and the proposal appears to have overwhelming public support.
Aug. 2, 2023
Navajo Nation president's office
The Show spoke with Shondiin Silversmith, who covers indigenous issues for the Arizona Mirror, about what's happening on the Navajo Nation.
Aug. 2, 2023
A few miles west of Flagstaff, about a mile and a half off Interstate 40, on a dirt road in the Coconino National Forest, past campsites and joggers running through the trees, several crews are cutting up downed trees that will become firewood for tribal members.
More tribal natural resources stories
Jul. 24, 2023
Grand Canyon National Park
Hundreds of people gathered in Flagstaff on Tuesday to listen to public comments that overwhelmingly supported the designation of a new national monument surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.
Jul. 18, 2023
river confluence
A Phoenix firm has proposed building a dam on a tributary of the Little Colorado River for hydroelectric power, but the project has drawn criticism from Navajo Nation residents.
Jul. 17, 2023
person signing petition
Across the country, one in 19 secondary schools has a Native American mascot. In Arizona, that number is one in 168. People Not Mascots works on policy to remove Native mascots from schools that do not have consent from a tribe.
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Jul. 17, 2023
Morris Udall
The Udall Foundation, created in 1992 to honor former Arizona Congressman Morris Udall, awards scholarships to Native American students. A House subcommittee recently heard testimony on a bill to extend the program, which was introduced by Arizona Republican Juan Ciscomani.
Jul. 12, 2023
House Rock Valley
Federal officials will be in Flagstaff next week to discuss the proposal for a new national monument in northern Arizona.
Jul. 10, 2023
Vice President Kamala Harris
As part of an effort to illustrate the Biden administration’s commitment to Native Americans, Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Gila River Indian Community on Thursday to meet with tribal leaders from around Arizona. It was the first visit to the Gila River community by a sitting U.S. president or vice president.
More coverage of tribal resources
Jul. 7, 2023
border patrol patch
An edited video released by Customs and Border Protection this month shows body camera footage of the fatal shooting of Raymond Mattia, a Tohono O'odham tribal member shot by Border Patrol agents in the Tohono O'odham Nation. Mattia's family says they're still looking for answers.
Jun. 28, 2023
U.S. Supreme Court building
The Supreme Court ruled last week that while the Navajo Nation has a right to access water flowing on the reservation, the U.S. government doesn’t have to secure that water.
Jun. 26, 2023
Desert Diamond West Valley casino
Tribes with casinos in Arizona shared more than $153 million of their revenue with local governments during the fiscal year that ends June 30.
Jun. 22, 2023
Navajo Nation president's office
The president of the Navajo Nation has declared a public health state of emergency. It’s for tribal members affected by the fraudulent behavioral health schemes targeting them in the Phoenix area.
Jun. 21, 2023
Dilkon Medical Center
The Show spoke with reporter Umar Farooq on the inconsistent water sources in the Navajo Nation and how a lack of resource has left a $128 million facility unable to open.
Jun. 20, 2023

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