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'Don’t lessen our power' tribal voters wait to see how Arizona redistricting treats them

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission’s draft maps for both the state’s 30 legislative districts and nine congressional districts — which will be used for the next decade — weaken the influence that Native American voters will have on who gets elected.... Read more»

Tohono O'odham to house more Native veterans with $400k federal grant

More Native veterans will find housing with a $400,000 federal grant to the Tohono O'odham Nation to pay for rental assistance and support services. The tribe is receiving the largest grant in the country awarded under a Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs program.... Read more»

Arizona tribes get $88 million more for housing in COVID-relief bill

Tribes in Arizona will get another $88 million in housing grants – the most of any state – from the $450 million in tribal housing assistance released Thursday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The national funding, which was included in the American Rescue Plan, will come in addition to the $651 million that tribes across the country were already scheduled to get in fiscal 2021 under the annual Indian Housing Block Grant.... Read more»

San Carlos Apache Tribe claims small victory in dispute over sacred land

The San Carlos Apache Tribe has been protesting at the Oak Flat campground for nearly two weeks in an attempt to protect land they deem sacred. Tribal leaders say they’re working with U.S. forest officials to continue their protest of Resolution Copper’s future mine in eastern Arizona. ... Read more»

Protests mount over Resolution Copper mine on Apache ancestral land

Protesters across Arizona are working to bring attention to a federal land exchange they say endangers an area sacred to the San Carlos Apache tribe. Some marched nearly 50 miles to decry the Resolution Copper Mine near Superior.... Read more»

San Carlos Apache tribe begins 40-mile march to protest copper mine

Dozens of people sang, danced and prayed outside the San Carlos Apache tribe’s office on Thursday morning before heading out on a 44-mile journey they hope will protect their ancestral lands at Oak Flat campground. The protesters organized the march to express their anger over a federal land exchange that gave a copper mining company permission to mine land sacred to the Apache people.... Read more»1

San Carlos Apache official says copper mine threatens sacred sites

San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler told a Senate committee Wednesday that a massive copper mine proposed for Southeast Arizona would desecrate land his tribe considers sacred.... Read more»1

Code talkers belatedly honored with Congressional Gold Medals

Warren Kooyaquaptewa did not live long enough to be honored by his country for his military service, but his daughter said Wednesday that the Hopi man would have been proud to see that day finally come. Kooyaquaptewa was one of more than 200 Native American code talkers, including 12 men from three Arizona tribes, to be honored with Congressional Gold Medals on Wednesday.... Read more»

Census: Few among Az’s tribes claim to be multiracial

The number of American Indians who claimed to be multiracial jumped sharply over the last decade, but not so much in Arizona, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday.... Read more»

Tribal efforts to boost Census participation add up

Arizona’s Pima Indian population tripled in the last decade, according to the latest Census figures, but it’s not necessarily because there were more tribe members — just more tribe members filling out their Census forms.... Read more»

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Many in Superior see town’s future in copper mine proposal

Today, with deteriorating, boarded-up buildings lining Main Street and few people living in Superior, some residents hope that a discovery in the mountains just east of town will turn things around. Resolution Copper Co. wants to mine a copper deposit that's more than a mile below a patch of the Tonto National Forest.... Read more»1

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Apache leaders: Spirits, acorns make land proposed for copper mine sacred

A land swap in the Tonto National Forest is pitting Apache leaders who say the area is sacred against supporters of a proposed copper mine that would create jobs.... Read more»7