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Large Census undercount on tribal lands means less political power, fewer resources

Indigenous people living on tribal land were the group most likely to be undercounted in the 2020 Census, a significant impact because the data is used in determining federal, state, and local resource allocation, funding distributions, and policy decisions.... Read more»

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Indigenous voters betrayed by Sinema’s actions in Congress, officials and advocates say

Sen. Sinema's recent vote to maintain the Senate filibuster, blocked other Democrats from passing the Freedom to Vote Act and The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.... Read more»

Arizona lawmaker urges better COVID test distribution for rural, tribal areas

Arizona Democrat Rep. Tom O’Halleran is expressing concern over details of the federal plan to distribute free COVID tests, saying it is not well designed for tribal and rural and communities and the execution will leave behind some who live in underserved communities.... Read more»

Vicious circle: Tribal broadband program hindered by lack of broadband

The federal government’s effort to fund expanded broadband infrastructure in Indian Country overlooked a fundamental issue, advocates say - many tribes did not have the broadband access needed to apply for the funding that would let them improve broadband access.... Read more»

Facing rising COVID-19 case numbers, the Navajo Nation issues new tribal public health orders

Since the start of the year, the Navajo Nation has reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, with as many as 405 cases on Jan. 13. In response, the tribe is updating public health orders aimed at curbing the spread of the illness.... Read more»

Tribal leaders voice concerns about water, voting, COVID-19 to Arizona lawmakers

Tribal leaders from across Arizona talked with legislative leaders during their visit to the Capitol about the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, voting rights, and infrastructure as part of the 27th Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day. ... Read more»

Arizona's indigenous communities see COVID increase at slower rate due to higher vaccination rates

As COVID-19 cases surge across the country and reach near-record levels in Arizona, many of the state’s tribal nations are also seeing an increase in new cases - but numbers coming from Indigenous communities in Arizona are nowhere near what the state is reporting.... Read more»

Navajo Nation will send $2,000 to adults and $600 to kids in COVID-19 hardship aid

The Navajo people are getting some much needed help from their Tribal government as another round of COVID-19 hardship assistance checks are expected to roll out soon.... Read more»

Tribal leaders welcome return of White House meetings after four years

Tribal leaders said the just-ended White House summit on tribal affairs “shows promise” for the federal commitment to solving problems in Indian Country and to giving Native Americans a voice in the process. ... Read more»

Arizonans on hand as Biden signs bill worth billions in state projects

Arizona lawmakers joined hundreds on the White House lawn Monday as President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that includes billions of dollars for road, transit, environmental cleanup and other projects in the state. ... Read more»

'A matter of dignity': Biden signs executive order to address violence against Indigenous people

President Joe Biden signed an executive order at the White House Tribal Nations Summit directing federal agencies to create a strategy that will improve the public safety and justice for Native Americans, as well as address the crisis of missing or murdered Indigenous peoples.... Read more»

Native American Heritage Month celebrates Indigenous communities across the nation

November is Native American Heritage Month, and for Indigenous people across the country, it’s a chance to share the unique ancestry, traditions, and contributions their communities make today and have made throughout history.... Read more»

Navajo president backs bill to protect Native American voting rights

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez urged a Senate Judiciary subcommittee to support the Native American Voting Rights Act, which would set minimum federal requirements for voting on tribal lands, including early voting, mail-in balloting, ballot collecting and ID standards.... Read more»

Biden reverses Trump cuts to national monuments, restores Bears Ears

President Biden restored Bears Ears National Monument to its previous 1.36 million-acres footprint Friday, reversing a Trump-era decision to cut as much as 85% of the Utah site valued for its environmental, archeological and tribal treasures.... Read more»

Armed with the public’s thoughts, Arizona Redistricting Commission set to start making maps

When the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission meets Monday to make the first changes to its grid maps, it will do so armed with the opinions of dozens of people who attended the recent meetings to make recommendations about how the state’s new districts should look.... Read more»

Navajo officials confident about reopening amid spread of delta variant in U.S.

Navajo tribal leaders say their decision to reopen Navajo Nation at 50 percent capacity eariy in July was the right decision despite the threat of the delta variant of coronavirus in the U.S. ... Read more»

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