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Native American veterans still struggling to get the health care they were promised
Native American veterans still struggling to get the health care they were promised (January 17, 2020)

Access to health care has been a challenge for Native American veterans for decades, and they suffer some of the worst health outcomes


Arizona inched up among states on rates of women murdered by men
Arizona inched up among states on rates of women murdered by men (January 15, 2020)

Native American women are more likely to be murdered by men than white women, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center.


Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush
Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush (January 13, 2020)

After an end-of-year push that saw Indian Country's legislative agenda gain widespread attention thanks to a presidential tweet, more pro-tribal bills are being teed up for action on Capitol Hill.


Feds waived environment, other regs on 90 miles of state border in 2019
Feds waived environment, other regs on 90 miles of state border in 2019 (January 13, 2020)

The Trump administration waived environmental and other regulations on nearly one-quarter of Arizona’s border with Mexico last year to ease the way for border wall construction.


Forum for Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives set for Arizona
Forum for Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives set for Arizona (January 10, 2020)

The Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives Working Group is holding its next forum on January 14.


Salt River students discover ancestral roots through language, weaving
Salt River students discover ancestral roots through language, weaving (January 10, 2020)

Some schools are working to preserve Native American culture by spending classroom time on languages and cultural traditions


Damming Little Colorado River for power projects is opposed by tribes, environmentalists
Damming Little Colorado River for power projects is opposed by tribes, environmentalists (January 8, 2020)

An Arizona company wants to build two massive hydroelectric projects on the Little Colorado River, threatening sacred tribal lands.


Native Americans fight historical discrimination to lower diabetes, obesity rates
Native Americans fight historical discrimination to lower diabetes, obesity rates (January 7, 2020)

Native American adults are 50 percent more likely to be affected by obesity than non-Hispanic whites. They also are twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to have diabetes.


Navajo Generating Station, coal mine face years of breakdown, cleanup
Navajo Generating Station, coal mine face years of breakdown, cleanup (January 6, 2020)

They may have turned out the lights, but the party’s not over at the Navajo Generating Station and its affiliated Kayenta coal mine.


‘We need each other to heal:’ Native Americans help Native Americans overcome domestic violence
‘We need each other to heal:’ Native Americans help Native Americans overcome domestic violence (December 26, 2019)

An opening prayer welcomes 75 Native American men and women from across the nation, gathered at a hotel to learn how to use tradition to heal from trauma – and to help others heal, too.


Native American leaders determined to avoid repeat of last census undercount
Native American leaders determined to avoid repeat of last census undercount (December 24, 2019)

Time, distance and technology limitations are among the reasons Native Americans may be the most difficult demographic to count in the upcoming census.


Arizona lawmakers split, as House takes historic vote to impeach Trump
Arizona lawmakers split, as House takes historic vote to impeach Trump (December 19, 2019)

Lawmakers split along party lines on a historic vote to impeach Donald Trump, making him just the third president to be impeached and the first while facing re-election.


'We can help ourselves:' Native women come together to confront high rates of maternal mortality
'We can help ourselves:' Native women come together to confront high rates of maternal mortality (December 17, 2019)

Too many Native women are dying due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth – deaths that should be preventable with the right intervention and care.


With execution on hold, Navajo inmate presses court on jury bias claim
With execution on hold, Navajo inmate presses court on jury bias claim (December 16, 2019)

A federal appeals court panel grappled with how – or why – convicted Navajo double-murderer Lezmond Mitchell could question jurors from his trial 16 years ago about possible racial bias in their deliberations.


Debate continues over BLM move as workers face decision deadline
Debate continues over BLM move as workers face decision deadline (December 13, 2019)

Bureau of Land Management employees in Washington have to decide whether to accept a transfer out West – a move that some advocates and former bureau managers see as an attempt at 'dismantling' the agency.


Entrepreneur program empowers Native women to forge a brighter future
Entrepreneur program empowers Native women to forge a brighter future (December 11, 2019)

Diplomas in hand, 16 Navajo women became the latest graduating class of Project DreamCatcher, a free business training program that aims to create economic opportunities for female Native entrepreneurs.


Death row sentence overturned after lawyers ‘dropped the ball’ in case
Death row sentence overturned after lawyers ‘dropped the ball’ in case (December 3, 2019)

A federal appeals court overturned an death row inmate’s conviction, saying attorneys in his case 'dropped the ball' by failing to challenge the state’s evidence.


Navajo Nation Museum hosts auditions for Dine language version of 'Baby Shark'
Navajo Nation Museum hosts auditions for Dine language version of 'Baby Shark' (December 3, 2019)

You've heard it everywhere. Now get ready for the first Native language version of 'Baby Shark' doo doo doo doo doo doo.


Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk
Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk (December 2, 2019)

Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of Oliver Leo Kirk, a veteran and tribal police officer who passed away at the age of 88.


Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women
Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women (December 2, 2019)

President Trump authorized creation of an eight-member panel to coordinate the federal response to the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women.


Arizona saw children’s obesity drop after WIC required healthier foods
Arizona saw children’s obesity drop after WIC required healthier foods (November 26, 2019)

Child obesity rates declined after the federal Women, Infants, and Children program increased access to healthier food products.


House panel OKs pot decriminalization, as poll shows support in Arizona
House panel OKs pot decriminalization, as poll shows support in Arizona (November 22, 2019)

A House committee gave approval to a comprehensive marijuana reform bill that would decriminalize the drug while erasing pot convictions stretching back decades.


Grijalva, House Democrats demand probe of troops deployed to border
Grijalva, House Democrats demand probe of troops deployed to border (November 18, 2019)

'You have that racist Stephen Miller in the White House, he has the ear of the president, then the president spews the racism that comes from Miller,' one Democratic member of Congress said.


Arizonans have hand in, eyes on this week’s Supreme Court DACA hearing
Arizonans have hand in, eyes on this week’s Supreme Court DACA hearing (November 12, 2019)

The fate of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, is in the hands of the nation's highest court.


SRP confirms that last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away
SRP confirms that last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away (November 11, 2019)

An aging power plant that has provided jobs and revenues to the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation is finally shutting down for good.


Swing state 2020: With the election a year off, Arizona could become a key player
Swing state 2020: With the election a year off, Arizona could become a key player (November 6, 2019)

For the first time since Bill Clinton won re-election in 1996, pundits aren’t sure whether Arizona will vote red or blue in 2020.


Arizona recycling programs are in trouble, thanks to residential contamination
Arizona recycling programs are in trouble, thanks to residential contamination (November 5, 2019)

More cities in Arizona are making huge cuts to their recycling programs, which means less-frequent curbside pickups and tighter restrictions on accepted materials.


Reaction strong after racist taunts aimed at Salt River Native American high school athletes
Reaction strong after racist taunts aimed at Salt River Native American high school athletes (November 1, 2019)

Racial taunts directed at a girls volleyball team from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community reflect the larger societal issue of Native American oppression.


Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development
Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development (October 31, 2019)

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to secure permanent protections for ancestral tribal territory after winning initial passage of legislation to stop energy development on sacred lands in two states.


House OKs permanent ban on mining 1 million acres around Grand Canyon
House OKs permanent ban on mining 1 million acres around Grand Canyon (October 31, 2019)

'In 2019, our Havasupai voices were heard after 30 years,' Carletta Tilousi of the Havasupai Tribe said of a bill to ban uranium mining around the Grand Canyon.


Grant allows Native American nonprofit to expand medical services in Phoenix
Grant allows Native American nonprofit to expand medical services in Phoenix (October 30, 2019)

More medical services will be available to Native Americans in Phoenix, Arizona, thanks to a $200,000 federal grant awarded to Native American Connections.


Deborah Taffa: My ancestors gave to this country to make it what it is today
Deborah Taffa: My ancestors gave to this country to make it what it is today (October 30, 2019)

A violent, racist history has kept Native people off their ancestral lands for decades. How can we remove the barriers that still exist today?


Census officials will work to accurately count all communities in 2020
Census officials will work to accurately count all communities in 2020 (October 28, 2019)

Native Americans are among those who have been historically undercounted during the U.S. Census, a constitutionally mandated headcount conducted every decade since 1790.


Prediabetes screenings may lower rate of diabetes among Native Americans
Prediabetes screenings may lower rate of diabetes among Native Americans (October 28, 2019)

Hispanics, Native Americans and African Americans are most at risk for diabetes, with racial and ethnic minorities reporting the highest rates of the debilitating disease.


Breaking the silence: Native Americans overcome taboos in battle against suicide
Breaking the silence: Native Americans overcome taboos in battle against suicide (October 23, 2019)

American Indians and Alaska Natives die of suicide at a rate higher than any other racial and ethnic group.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up two bills at hearing
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up two bills at hearing (October 16, 2019)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony on two tribal bills.


Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias
Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias (October 9, 2019)

A divided appeals court has stayed the scheduled execution of Navajo citizen Lezmond Mitchell, who is the only Native American on federal death row.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country (October 7, 2019)

Tribal leaders, federal officials and advocates will testify about the effects of radiation in Indian Country at a field hearing in New Mexico.


Navajo, Hopi will have objects, human remains repatriated by Finland
Navajo, Hopi will have objects, human remains repatriated by Finland (October 7, 2019)

The Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation are among 26 tribes that will see the return of ancestral remains from Finland, where the items have been held in a museum after being taken from Colorado almost 130 years ago.


Trump sees treason in whistleblower; to ASU prof it’s not so clear-cut
Trump sees treason in whistleblower; to ASU prof it’s not so clear-cut (October 3, 2019)

To President Donald Trump, the White House whistleblower who reported concerns about his call with the Ukrainian president is comparable to a spy and a traitor.


Tribal health insurance coverage rose, but still trailed U.S. average
Tribal health insurance coverage rose, but still trailed U.S. average (October 2, 2019)

The number of Indian Health Service patients with insurance rose from 64 percent in 2013 to 78 percent in 2018, according to a new report.


Restrictive election laws, lack of polls hamper Native American voters, leaders say
Restrictive election laws, lack of polls hamper Native American voters, leaders say (October 2, 2019)

The voting rights of Native Americans are routinely suppressed by a slew of requirements and practices, such as photo ID laws and a scarcity of polling places, tribal leaders said.


Navajo Nation welcomes key lawmaker to reservation for uranium mining forum
Navajo Nation welcomes key lawmaker to reservation for uranium mining forum (October 1, 2019)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are eager to show how uranium mining continues to affect their people as they host a key member of Congress.


Congress again voids Trump’s border emergency declaration; veto likely
Congress again voids Trump’s border emergency declaration; veto likely (September 30, 2019)

Congress voted yet again to terminate President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border, which he has cited to justify use of Pentagon funds for border construction.


Arizona lawmaker brings personal story, gun-reform plea to Washington
Arizona lawmaker brings personal story, gun-reform plea to Washington (September 27, 2019)

A panel of lawmakers, advocates and medical professionals shared sobering stories about gun violence in the hopes of spurring the U.S. Congress into action.


Start of missing, murdered women panel moving ‘at speed of bureaucracy’
Start of missing, murdered women panel moving ‘at speed of bureaucracy’ (September 26, 2019)

A task force on missing and murdered indigenous women is waiting on $150,000 promised by the state of Arizona.


Tribal leaders, lawmakers chide FCC for lack of progress on broadband
Tribal leaders, lawmakers chide FCC for lack of progress on broadband (September 20, 2019)

Tribal representatives told a Senate committee that the Federal Communications Commission is not doing enough to ease the regulatory burdens that keep Indian Country from getting wireless broadband access.


Wildlife service considers changes to habitat area for endangered Mount Graham red squirrel
Wildlife service considers changes to habitat area for endangered Mount Graham red squirrel (September 16, 2019)

The Mount Graham red squirrel is found only in the Pinaleño Mountains of Arizona, home of a sacred Apache place.


Yuma border projects get Pentagon funding, as Fort Huachuca takes a hit
Yuma border projects get Pentagon funding, as Fort Huachuca takes a hit (September 5, 2019)

'They are illegally stealing money from our troops,' a Democratic lawmaker said after the Trump administration announced a diversion of $3.6 billion in military funds for the border wall.


Arizona joins other states calling on Supreme Court to overturn DACA
Arizona joins other states calling on Supreme Court to overturn DACA (September 4, 2019)

Republican-led states are supporting the Trump administration's efforts to end the Dreamers program for young immigrants.


Rosemont copper mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles
Rosemont copper mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles (September 3, 2019)

A copper mine opposed by the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Hopi Tribe has hit another snag.


Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program
Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program (September 2, 2019)

Time is running out for landowners on the Navajo Nation who want to take part in the second round of a $1.9 billion federal program.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation settles Wells Fargo lawsuit for $6.5 million
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation settles Wells Fargo lawsuit for $6.5 million (August 27, 2019)

Wells Fargo will pay $6.5 million to the Navajo Nation to settle the tribe’s 2017 suit that alleged a history of 'unfair, deceptive, fraudulent and illegal practices' aimed at elders and Dine language speakers.


Cronkite News: Native workers laid off as power plant nears closure
Cronkite News: Native workers laid off as power plant nears closure (August 26, 2019)

The last 265 workers at Kayenta Coal Mine are being laid off this month, another step toward the looming closure of the Navajo Generating Station that will bring the loss of hundreds more jobs this winter.


Cronkite News: Deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide are growing
Cronkite News: Deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide are growing (August 19, 2019)

Deaths of despair – the catchall name for deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide – have seen 'alarming' increases across the country since 2005.


Former White Mountain Apache Tribe chairman Ronnie Lupe passes on
Former White Mountain Apache Tribe chairman Ronnie Lupe passes on (August 13, 2019)

'He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages,' Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood said of the legendary Ronnie Lupe.


News21: More communities face threats from wildfires
News21: More communities face threats from wildfires (August 13, 2019)

The wildfire threat has been ever-present this year.


Cronkite News: 'Radical harm reduction collective provides critical service
Cronkite News: 'Radical harm reduction collective provides critical service (August 7, 2019)

While the debate around clean needle exchange programs continues, one organization works in a legal gray area to help stop the spread of disease.


Vote counts by drone? County asks Havasupai Tribe to consider
Vote counts by drone? County asks Havasupai Tribe to consider (August 6, 2019)

Ballot tallies could be flown out of the Havasupai Reservation for the 2020 election.


Cronkite News: Tribes win ruling against copper mine on ancestral territory
Cronkite News: Tribes win ruling against copper mine on ancestral territory (August 5, 2019)

A federal judge has halted plans to begin digging an open-pit copper mine opposed by tribes in Arizona.