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Native American tribes around the West are making critical decisions regarding the management of their resources — land, water, fossil fuels and renewable resources. The Tribal Natural Resources Desk aims to produce objective reporting to tell stories of tribes empowering themselves through stewardship and decision-making around their resources.
Native American tribes gain new authority to stop unwanted hydropower projects
Federal regulators have granted Native American tribes more power to block hydropower projects on their land after a flurry of applications were filed to expand renewable energy in the water-scarce U.S. Southwest.
Feb. 23, 2024
2 tribal colleges received $750K in USDA funding in Arizona
The Tsaile-based Diné College will construct a livestock holding facility under its agriculture education program, while Tohono O’odham Community College will provide solar power and help offset costs for a language center building on its main campus in Sells through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Dec. 29, 2023
Shoppers brought a bit of the Southwest home for the holidays from S’edav Va’aki Indian Market
Authentic, handmade Native arts and crafts are hard to come by, even for the holiday season. But shoppers, both tourists and locals alike, brought home a bit of Indian Country from the annual Phoenix-based S’edav Va’aki Indian Market in December.
Dec. 22, 2023
These were the top 5 most-viewed stories on in 2023
As 2024 approaches, here's a look back at the five most-viewed stories on this year.
Dec. 22, 2023
Interior Department announces $10M to replace earthen dam at Tohono O’odham Nation
An O’odham community, named Menagers Dam, is where the construction of a new dam is supposed to improve public safety and substantial flood protection for downstream towns and villages.
Dec. 19, 2023
Tribes focus on Post-2026 guidelines for Lake Powell, Lake Mead
The ‘Sovereign to Sovereign Dialogue,’ a first-of-its-kind panel held on Friday during the Colorado River Water Users Association’s 75th meeting in Las Vegas included discussions between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton and three Colorado River Basin tribal leaders among the Ten Tribes Partnership.
Dec. 19, 2023
Tohono Oodham leader says Guard troops wont be deployed on tribal land
Tribal leaders of the Tohono O'odham Nation say they’re in touch with Arizona over the National Guard deployment along the border, but troops won’t be deployed on tribal land.
Dec. 19, 2023
CRIT farm manager says tribal farmers are one big family
Colorado River Indian Tribes farm manager Josh Moore sat on a panel, “Considering Rural Enhancements: Innovations and Challenges for Sustainable Agriculture in the Basin," at this week’s Colorado River Water Users Association annual conference in Las Vegas.
Dec. 17, 2023
Indigenous Resilience Center director talks Diné water access at Colorado River conference
The University of Arizona's Karletta Chief traveled to Las Vegas to educate conference attendees about the uniquely Navajo challenges of accessing water and her team's progress on the Navajo Nation.
Dec. 15, 2023
Navajo farmers, ranchers convene regional caucus
Twelve geographic regional caucuses from all across Indian Country convened to talk about Native issues ranging from discrimination to the looming farm bill at the Intertribal Agriculture Council annual conference in Las Vegas.
Dec. 13, 2023
GRIC got a big shout-out at the White House Tribal Nations Summit
Vice President Kamala Harris reflected on her recent trip to the Gila River Indian Community from the stage of the third annual White House Tribal Nations Summit earlier this week.
Dec. 9, 2023
A historic Gila River Indian Community groundbreaking stirs up a celebration
The sound of an auger drilling along the Casa Blanca Canal, south of Phoenix, stirs up a celebration for the Gila River Indian Community on Friday. It signifies the start of a five-year pilot project to cover nearly 3,000 feet of that canal with more than 2,500 solar panels.
GRIC got a big shout-out at the White House Tribal Nations Summit
Dec. 9, 2023
Pueblo Nations chair defends Chaco Canyon decision
The chairman of the All Pueblo Council of Governors, who represents 20 sovereign Pueblo Nations in New Mexico and Texas, attended this week's third annual White House Tribal Nations Summit, thanking President Joe Biden and his administration for gifting his communities “a seat at the table.”
Dec. 8, 2023
Biden welcomes Indigenous leaders to third-ever White House Tribal Nations Summit
Tribal leadership from across Indian Country came to the White House to participate in this two-day annual gathering that began under the Biden-Harris administration in 2021.
Dec. 6, 2023
These Native chefs see a future for tribal agritourism in Arizona
Eight chefs and foodway demonstrators near and far traveled to Old Town Scottsdale in November to showcase their uniquely Native foods and flavors at the Arizona Indigenous Edible Experience hosted by the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
Dec. 6, 2023
Learning lessons from one Hopi dry farmer on his last day in the cornfield
Gary Tso reflects on three decades of Hopi dry farming his mother's corn and the spiritual lessons that come with living his faith on a single-acre field at the bottom of Second Mesa.
Hand-roasting Pima 60-Day Corn is hard and expensive, but essential to preserve heirloom products
Nov. 22, 2023
Hand-roasting Pima 60-Day Corn is hard, but essential to preserve heirloom products
Ramona Farms, one of Indian Country’s leading commercial Native-owned farms, is safeguarding their community’s culinary heritage of heirloom products made with one of the world's fastest growing corns through commerce on the Gila River Indian Reservation.
Nov. 21, 2023
Red Shawl Day on Nov. 19 honors missing and murdered Indigenous people
Each November 19th is recognized as Red Shawl Day, a national annual observance to bring attention violence committed against Indigenous peoples, particularly women and children.
Nov. 19, 2023
Flagstaff workshop explores past, present and future of Navajo homeland
Flagstaff Public Library is hosting a free writing workshop on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It’s an interactive seminar exploring the past, present, and future of Dinétah, the homeland of the Navajo Nation.
Nov. 17, 2023
Whats the future of tribal lands? A panel conversation
Gabriel Pietrorazio, KJZZ's tribal natural resources reporter, moderated a panel discussion on "Food, Water and the Future of Tribal Lands" on Wednesday, Nov. 29 in Tempe.
Nov. 15, 2023
A Hopi farmer is using ancient practices to grow crops — with no irrigation
In the West, ongoing drought and drier future are forcing us all to think about how we use water differently. One farmer up in northern Arizona is using ancient practices to grow food.
Nov. 15, 2023