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Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas 'in jeopardy,' lawmakers told

The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency needs because, like many rural communities, it lacks affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband, a tribal councilwoman told a House committee Thursday.... Read more»

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Tribal advocates urge passage of anti-violence bills

Native American advocates told lawmakers on a Senate panel Wednesday that tribal police should have jurisdiction over violent cases committed by non-Natives on tribal land and the federal government should improve databases tracking such crimes.... Read more»

Tohono O'odham election flips tribal control, again: Ned Norris is back

The new chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation will be the same as an old chair: Ned Norris Jr. will again take the top elected post of the tribe, following an election over the weekend.... Read more»

In Indian Country, potholes can be a bump in the road to an education

Three-fourths of roads owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs are unpaved, leaving reservation schools to spend money on maintenance for the buses that have to travel those roads. The graduation rate for American Indians/Alaskan Natives in public schools in 2016 was 72% – lower than any other race or ethnicity.... Read more»

Thin on broadband: Tribal areas still struggle with lagging technology

Fewer than half the households on tribal lands in Arizona have access to broadband internet, and only one – the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe – exceeds the state average, according to the Census.... Read more»

Arizona tribes’ role in drought talks marks turning point for inclusion

Arizona's tribes — who have extensive water rights — played a critical role in the negotiations that led to the recent passage of the Drought Contingency Plan for Arizona. ... Read more»1

Partisan House vote renews Violence Against Women Act; Senate fate unclear

Two months after it let the Violence Against Women Act lapse, the House voted to renew the 25-year-old law that extends protections for victims of domestic violence.... Read more»

Tribal leaders urge House to extend funding for water settlements

Tribes argue that a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is needed to provide certainty to their water rights passed 2029, to ensure the government meets obligations it has already agreed to providing.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Why David Bernhardt is unfit to serve as Interior secretary

"David Bernhardt, Interior secretary nominee, is a former oil lobbyist whose priority is making policy changes to benefit industry and rolling back long-standing rules that protect public lands, endangered species, and clean air and water." — former Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Steve Martin... Read more»

Task force to study abuse of tribal youth, after IHS doctor convicted

The White House unveiled a task force that would find ways to prevent sexual abuse of children in the Indian Health Service, after an IHS pediatrician’s conviction last year on four counts of abuse.... Read more»

Advocates call for funding, data to find missing, murdered Native women

The United States does not have a uniform system for tracking reports of missing Native women on reservations. And what information is available is wildly inconsistent, depending on whether it is in a federal or private database, or reported by individuals or agencies.... Read more»

Fate of native children may hinge on U.S. adoption case

A case before federal appeals court judges will decide if tribal parents will continue to get preference in adopting Native American children as conservatives groups sue to end race-based adoption.... Read more»

‘Historical trauma’: Native communities grapple with missing & murdered women

One day they were there and the next they weren’t. Trying to get a handle on the number of missing and murdered Native American women quickly gets mired in conflicting jurisdictions, inconsistent numbers and stories some say are best left untold.... Read more»1

Analysis

Measles: Why it’s so deadly, and why vaccination is so vital

Some people believe measles is a benign, childhood disease that causes a bit of a rash. But the disease is one nasty "little bag of destruction" that will thrive in naive populations — and it's back with a vengeance. ... Read more»

45-mile walk shows solidarity against Arizona mine on land tribes consider sacred

Activists took part in the fifth annual walk to protest the proposed Resolution Copper Mine slated for land that the San Carlos Apache tribe calls sacred. ... Read more»

Arizona, other states in ‘governors challenge’ target veteran suicides

Arizona was one of seven states that met with federal officials and veterans groups in Washington to develop a strategy for reversing the complex problem of suicides among veterans. ... Read more»

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