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Family First Health Care Coordinator Patrisia Trejo-Armentilla preparing doses of vaccine.

More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. Read more»

Thousands of names and dates carved or scratched into the bricks of the exterior walls of Memorial Hall at the Phoenix Indian School, recording the presence at the school of generations of students.

New data shows Bureau of Indian Education schools do not teach kids fast enough to close an achievement gap that starts in early childhood, and experts say socioeconomic status translates into fewer resources in the home and fewer educational opportunities. Read more»

The Bureau of Indian Education has unveiled a school reopening plan that leans heavily toward kn-person education, as soon as next week. Tribal officials say they were blindsided by the announcement, which came despite their concerns about health safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawmakers and tribal leaders berated the Bureau of Indian Education on Thursday for a school reopening plan that prioritizes in-person learning, despite tribes’ opposition to the plan in the face of COVID-19 health concerns. Read more»

The Arizona National Guard has set up several medical centers to respond to the coronavirus outbreak in the Navajo Nation, including this repurposed school gymnasium in Chinle.

The federal government has released little information about the spread of coronavirus in Navajo schools. Now, some students and school staff are sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Read more»

Flags of tribal nations on display. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Health Service will remain on a GAO high-risk list despite some progress .

Federal agencies that oversee Indian affairs are making progress toward fixing management shortcomings that landed them on a list of “high-risk” agencies, but not enough progress to satisfy some senators. Read more»

Flags of tribal nations on display. For some tribal leaders and lawmakers who work with tribes, the fact that the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Health Service were put on a GAO high-risk list because of their performance was not surprising.

Federal agencies that oversee tribal schools, lands and health care still suffer from weak leadership, a lack of oversight and mismanaged resources, despite nearly a decade of prodding from the Government Accountability Office. Read more»

Bureau of Indian Education schools are supposed to be inspected every year by the government, but the 19 in Arizona that were not on the Navajo Nation went four years or more without being inspected, a General Accountability Office report said.

At least 19 tribal schools in Arizona went four years or more without the inspections that are supposed to be performed every year by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit. Read more»

Lukachukai Community School, a Navajo Nation school on the priority list for replacement. Officials said schools may have problems with lead, asbestos, mold, “you name it.”

Half of the 10 schools on the Bureau of Indian Education priority replacement list released this week are in Arizona, while another three are on the New Mexico portion of the Navajo Nation. Read more»

Arizona state Sen. Carlyle Begay, R-Ganado, said a state law letting parents use public money for private education drew 300 Native applications, but they could not use Bureau of Indian Education funds for the program.

Arizona state Sen. Carlyle Begay told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday that a bill to give Native American students school choice is the “true essence of self-determination and self-empowerment” that tribes are seeking. Read more»

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell addresses students during a visit Monday to Salt River Elementary School in the Valley.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell received a tour of an elementary school on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on Tuesday as part of a "listening tour." She says that in many ways the federal government has failed Native American youth. Read more»

Jacqueline Power, center, superintendent and principal of Blackwater Community School in Coolidge, with Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and National Indian Child Care Association official Barbara Fabre after a Senate hearing on education of Indian children.

Arizona educators Wednesday praised a Bureau of Indian Education program that gets Native American parents actively engaged in the education of their children from birth until kindergarten. Arizona has eight of the nation’s 43 Family and Child Education, or FACE sites, which assist tribal families in home-based, early childhood and adult education, and job training. Read more»