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Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project projected to serve thousands of Arizona Native Americans

The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, which is more than a decade old but isn’t expected to be finished until 2029, plans to divert more than 37,000 acre feet of water from the San Juan Basin to help provide clean water to 250,000 Native Americans.... Read more»

Tribes welcome COVID-19 relief funds, say deep-rooted problems remain

Advocates said the billions in aid slated for Native Americans under the latest COVID-19 relief bill is welcome, but they told a House committee Tuesday that a one-shot infusion will not solve all the challenges facing tribes.... Read more»

State of tribal nations 'strong' despite crises, but feds need to help

National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp said the state of Indian nations is strong despite long-running problems of disrespect for tribal sovereignty and of missing and murdered Indigenous women, as well as new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sharp did acknowledge hopeful signs in the early days of the Biden administration.... Read more»

Arizona delegation looks for changes to Native aid in next relief package

As Congress pursues another federal aid package — it’s fourth since the pandemic upended American life — members of the state’s congressional delegation want to change federal policies they say are making the situation more difficult for Native communities. ... Read more»

Congress urged to reauthorize diabetes program for Native Americans

Arizona’s U.S. senators are pushing legislation to renew a federal program that fights diabetes in Indian Country – an initiative tribal leaders say is vital amid the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

Native American groups address mental and behavioral health as COVID-19 wears on

With COVID-19 taking an especially heavy toll on Native Americans, tribal leaders and mental health experts have stepped up efforts to address the emotional suffering brought on by ongoing lockdowns and so much loss.... Read more»

Clean water is key for Navajo Nation, other tribes, to avoid next pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the deep inequities that run through our country, and nowhere is that more stark than on the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation has been the hardest hit Native tribe, with 3,122 positive COVID-19 cases and 100 deaths as of this writing. ... Read more»

Cultural barriers challenge Native Americans seeking cancer treatment

Despite some strides in improving health care access and treatment in Indian Country, cultural barriers still prevent patients from asking for help or getting treatment.... Read more»

'Broken promises' report details government’s history of failing tribes

Tribal leaders went before Congress Tuesday to demand the government address longstanding problems in Indian Country – and not for the first time. ... Read more»

Tribal affairs agencies make progress, not enough to satisfy senators

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»

Ongoing problems land tribal oversight agencies on GAO 'high-risk' list

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»

Mobile clinic finally hits road to take health care to Navajo vets

After sitting in one place since 2011, a mobile health clinic will leave Chinle and travel for the first time Tuesday on its mission to bring care to veterans in remote parts of the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

Az tribal leaders lobby in Washington on budget cuts

With Congress required to come up with more than $1 trillion in multi-year budget cuts this fall, tribal leaders converged in Washington this week to make sure their concerns are included in the discussion.... Read more»1