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Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence
Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence (June 13, 2019)

With the Violence Against Women Act mired in partisan politics, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to turn the focus back to the most vulnerable in Indian Country.


Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads make it harder for students to learn
Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads make it harder for students to learn (May 15, 2019)

Three-fourths of Bureau of Indian Affairs roads are unpaved, leaving schools on reservations to spend money on frequent maintenance for the buses that have to travel those roads.


Cronkite News: Tribes finally at the table in Colorado River water talks
Cronkite News: Tribes finally at the table in Colorado River water talks (April 16, 2019)

Tribes played a critical role in the negotiation of a multi-state drought plan that is about to become law.


Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads hinder economic and educational opportunities
Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads hinder economic and educational opportunities (April 4, 2019)

To the list of issues affecting education, Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis would add a new problem: deteriorating roads.


Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate
Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate (February 1, 2019)

A divided Congress and an unpredictable president spell trouble for tribes and their advocates.


Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down
Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down (December 14, 2018)

Time is running out for tribes to see action on their legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the 115th session of Congress.


Cronkite News: Tribes involved in Colorado River water talks
Cronkite News: Tribes involved in Colorado River water talks (December 12, 2018)

After months of meetings, progress toward a multistate drought contingency plan has been a two-steps-forward, one-step-back affair.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance more bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance more bills (November 26, 2018)

Three symbolic resolutions and three substantive bills are advancing as the clock winds down on the 115th Congress.


Cronkite News: Native women hold annual prayer run in Arizona
Cronkite News: Native women hold annual prayer run in Arizona (November 19, 2018)

O’odham and Piipaash women took part in a 53-mile journey spent in prayer for missing and murdered indigenous women.


Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing (November 13, 2018)

Tribal leaders from Arizona, North Dakota and Oklahoma are testifying in support of bills that affect their communities.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing (November 12, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work after the historic mid-term election.


Bureau of Indian Affairs awards contracts for new tribal schools
Bureau of Indian Affairs awards contracts for new tribal schools (September 25, 2018)

Two tribal communities will be getting new schools thanks to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Gila River Indian Community denied funds for tribal veterans
Gila River Indian Community denied funds for tribal veterans (August 17, 2018)

The Department of Veterans Affairs does not have to reimburse the Gila River Indian Community for services provided to tribal veterans.


Farmers in Indian Country share their traditions worldwide
Farmers in Indian Country share their traditions worldwide (August 14, 2018)

Native American communities are trying to grow their agriculture presence even larger to preserve their culture and traditions.


Gila River Indian Community sees movement on homelands legislation
Gila River Indian Community sees movement on homelands legislation (July 16, 2018)

A bill to help the Gila River Indian Community protect its homelands is slated for action on Capitol Hill.


Kayla DeVault: Indigenous scholars are revitalizing traditional architecture
Kayla DeVault: Indigenous scholars are revitalizing traditional architecture (May 29, 2018)

Developed over thousands of years, Native architecture can build climate resiliency.


House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills
House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills (May 7, 2018)

The House Committee on Natural Resources is set to advance four bills, including a controversial federal recognition measure.


Gila River Indian Community ranks third in top lobbying contracts in DC
Gila River Indian Community ranks third in top lobbying contracts in DC (April 24, 2018)

The Gila River Indian Community spends big in the nation's capital, with a team of lobbyists working on health care, education and other key issues.


Conservative group claims victory in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Conservative group claims victory in Indian Child Welfare Act case (March 15, 2018)

The conservative Goldwater Institute is claiming victory in an Indian Child Welfare Act case in Ohio.


Cronkite News: Tribes call for respect for their sovereignty in nation's capital
Cronkite News: Tribes call for respect for their sovereignty in nation's capital (February 13, 2018)

The federal tax overhaul passed in December is “completely unacceptable," just another example of what can happen when Indian Country isn't not included in federal decision-making, a top tribal leader said.


Witness list for House hearing on Alaska and Arizona tribal bills
Witness list for House hearing on Alaska and Arizona tribal bills (February 5, 2018)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking testimony on land bills affecting tribes in Alaska and Arizona.


House subcommittee schedules hearing on two more tribal land bills
House subcommittee schedules hearing on two more tribal land bills (February 1, 2018)

Two tribal land bills are getting their first hearing in the 115th Congress.


Cronkite News: Most Native families aren't speaking their own languages at home
Cronkite News: Most Native families aren't speaking their own languages at home (August 10, 2017)

Families in more than half of Native American homes in Arizona now speak only English at home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.


Cronkite News: Tribes win decision in water rights dispute in Arizona
Cronkite News: Tribes win decision in water rights dispute in Arizona (June 15, 2017)

A federal appeals court agreed with two tribes who challenged plans to divert water from the Gila River in Arizona.


Indian Child Welfare Act survives attack from conservative groups
Indian Child Welfare Act survives attack from conservative groups (March 21, 2017)

Tribal leaders and advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after a federal judge rejected a broad challenge on the historic law.


Interior Department highlights achievements of Cobell buy-back program
Interior Department highlights achievements of Cobell buy-back program (November 1, 2016)

With the presidential election only a week away, the future of a major Indian land effort hangs in the balance.


Tribal leaders and advocates slam Donald Trump as NCAI opens annual convention
Tribal leaders and advocates slam Donald Trump as NCAI opens annual convention (October 11, 2016)

The National Congress of American Indians is hosting its 73rd annual convention in Phoenix, Arizona.


Cronkite News: Arizona tribes support bill to protect sacred sites
Cronkite News: Arizona tribes support bill to protect sacred sites (September 8, 2016)

Tribes, archaeologists and Rep. Raúl Grijalva are seeking to designate more than 84,000 acres curving along the Gila River in Arizona as a national monument.


Gila River Indian Community continues fight against new freeway
Gila River Indian Community continues fight against new freeway (September 1, 2016)

The Arizona tribe says the South Mountain Freeway will destroy one of its most sacred sites.


Cronkite News: Fight erupts over reclaimed water on reservation in Arizona
Cronkite News: Fight erupts over reclaimed water on reservation in Arizona (August 16, 2016)

A deal to trade drinking water for reclaimed water has been the source of a months-long battle on the on the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona.


Gila River Indian Community weighs options after losing Indian Child Welfare Act case
Gila River Indian Community weighs options after losing Indian Child Welfare Act case (August 15, 2016)

A conservative group that want to invalidate the landmark Indian Child Welfare Act is representing the non-Indian foster couple in the dispute.


Gila River Indian Community enters $43M agreement to sell water
Gila River Indian Community enters $43M agreement to sell water (August 9, 2016)

The tribe agreed to sell water to the city of Chandler, Arizona, for 100 years.


Five tribes donate over $500K for Democratic party's convention
Five tribes donate over $500K for Democratic party's convention (June 30, 2016)

The tribal contributions were significant because they represented about half of the total that was raised in May for the upcoming meeting.


Tribes blast new Department of Labor rule affecting overtime pay
Tribes blast new Department of Labor rule affecting overtime pay (May 19, 2016)

Concerns about unique issues in Indian Country and lack of consultation were glossed over by the Obama administration.


Cronkite News: Sports teams turn to tribes for naming rights deals
Cronkite News: Sports teams turn to tribes for naming rights deals (May 3, 2016)

Phoenix has an advantage over most markets because there are several Native American communities in the surrounding area, all wanting to promote their brands and with thriving casino operations to pay for it.


Supreme Court won't hear Indian blood quantum and race case
Supreme Court won't hear Indian blood quantum and race case (April 25, 2016)

Damien Zepeda, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, will continue to serve a lengthy prison sentence for a crime he committed in 2008.


Supreme Court case prompts spirited defense of tribal judiciary systems
Supreme Court case prompts spirited defense of tribal judiciary systems (April 19, 2016)

A brief that tried to raise doubts about courts in Indian Country is being called an attack on sovereignty and self-determination.


Final brief sent to Supreme Court in Indian blood and race case
Final brief sent to Supreme Court in Indian blood and race case (April 12, 2016)

A member of the Gila River Indian Community who is serving a lengthy prison sentence is hoping the nation's highest court won't see him as an 'Indian.'


Bureau of Indian Affairs inches forward with school construction
Bureau of Indian Affairs inches forward with school construction (April 11, 2016)

It's taken more than a decade but the Obama administration finally cleared the way for 10 new school campuses along with another deserving facility.


Supreme Court petition presents blood quantum and race issues
Supreme Court petition presents blood quantum and race issues (March 28, 2016)

A member of the Gila River Indian Community who is serving a lengthy prison sentence is hoping the nation's highest court won't see him as an 'Indian.'


Gila River Indian Community sues over health care for veterans
Gila River Indian Community sues over health care for veterans (March 24, 2016)

The Affordable Care Act requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to reimburse tribes for care provided to eligible veterans.


Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Indian Affairs holds first meeting
Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Indian Affairs holds first meeting (July 31, 2015)

Six lawmakers and four tribal leaders largely focused on education for their first meeting at the state capitol in Phoenix.


Former NFL player arrested for a second time on reservation
Former NFL player arrested for a second time on reservation (July 15, 2015)

Donovan McNabb allegedly rear-ended a vehicle driven by a wife of a police officer on the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona.


Appeals court clarifies 'Indian' status test for criminal defendants
Appeals court clarifies 'Indian' status test for criminal defendants (July 9, 2015)

A member of the Gila River Indian Community will continue to serve a lengthy sentence -- 90 years and three month -- for a shooting and assault that occurred in 2008.


Editorial: Gila River Indian Community to blame for highway path
Editorial: Gila River Indian Community to blame for highway path (July 2, 2015)

The best way to avoid altering South Mountain would have been to route the highway through the Gila River reservation.


Gila River Indian Community files suit to protect sacred place
Gila River Indian Community files suit to protect sacred place (June 30, 2015)

The South Mountain Freeway would cut through the South Mountains over the tribe's objections.


Water conference in Arizona focuses on tribal perspectives
Water conference in Arizona focuses on tribal perspectives (May 8, 2015)

The Gila River Indian Community is hosting the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center conference next month.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks owners for buy-back program
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks owners for buy-back program (March 19, 2015)

The tribe is home to the second-most highly fractionated reservation in the nation.


Arizona conference focuses on tribal e-commerce opportunity
Arizona conference focuses on tribal e-commerce opportunity (February 10, 2015)

The Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is sponsoring the event.


Secretary Jewell kicks off Native Youth Listening Tour in Arizona
Secretary Jewell kicks off Native Youth Listening Tour in Arizona (February 9, 2015)

The head of the Interior Department will meet with youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Gila River Indian Community.


Gila River Indian Community set to launch television service
Gila River Indian Community set to launch television service (January 15, 2015)

The Gila River Broadcasting Corporation will air tribally and Native-produced content.


Tribes receive $1.2M in Sovereignty in Indian Education funds
Tribes receive $1.2M in Sovereignty in Indian Education funds (October 24, 2014)

The money will help the tribes take greater control of Bureau of Indian Education schools on their reservations.


Gila River Indian Community to see $77.6M from Cobell buy-back
Gila River Indian Community to see $77.6M from Cobell buy-back (August 29, 2014)

Responses are due October 10, the Interior Department said in a press release.


DOI extends $100M in Cobell buy-back offers on two reservations
DOI extends $100M in Cobell buy-back offers on two reservations (August 28, 2014)

The offers went out to more than 4,000 landowners on the Gila River Indian Community and on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.


Gila River Indian Community mourns loss of first female leader
Gila River Indian Community mourns loss of first female leader (August 26, 2014)

Mary Thomas served two terms as the tribe's governor and twice as lieutenant governor.


Judge Humetewa hands down sentence in Indian child abuse case
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Judge Humetewa hands down sentence in Indian child abuse case (August 25, 2014)

A man from the Gila River Indian Community pleaded guilty to injuring an infant.


Vernon Masayesva: Coal-fired power plant harms Hopi people
Vernon Masayesva: Coal-fired power plant harms Hopi people (July 14, 2014)

Vernon Masayesva, the founder of the Black Mesa Trust, questions a settlement that allows a coal-fired power plant to keep operating.


DOI enters Cobell buy-back agreements with three more tribes
DOI enters Cobell buy-back agreements with three more tribes (May 29, 2014)

Coeur D’Alene Tribe, Umatilla Tribes and Gila River Tribes are latest to sign agreements.


Notah Begay's foundation backed out of Navajo golf tournament
Notah Begay's foundation backed out of Navajo golf tournament (April 14, 2014)

The Notah Begay III Foundation backed out of a golf tournament whose lead sponsor was the Original Americans Foundation.


USDA Blog: Arizona tribes using water wisely to live off the land
USDA Blog: Arizona tribes using water wisely to live off the land (March 10, 2014)

Kirk Hanlin of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service visited three tribes in Arizona.