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From second from left in the first row, Tazbah Spruhan from Window Rock, Karen Baaba Opoku-Appoh from Marana and Opal Mishra from Chandler wait for the first round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Three Arizona students, including Marana Middle School's Karen Baaba Opoku-Appoh, are among the 229 young spellers from around the U.S. and a handful of foreign countries competing at the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Read more»

Oak Flat has been used as a religious site to connect Indigenous peoples to their faith, families, and the natural world since before colonization and European contact.

The Biden administration has put a pause on plans to erect a copper mine in Arizona on land known as Oak Flat, a site sacred to Indigenous nations in the area, and will further consult with the San Carlos Apache and other tribes that have voiced opposition to the project. Read more»

An irrigation canal moves Colorado River water through farm fields in Yuma.

Arizona, California and Nevada have narrowly averted a regional water crisis by agreeing to reduce their use of Colorado River water over the next three years - but this deal only represents a temporary solution to a long-term crisis. Read more»

Michael Kotutwa Johnson dice que el maíz Hopi 'tiene de 10 a 15 veces más contenido mineral' que el maíz de supermercado. Espera compartirlo con el pueblo Hopi y cree que verán una mejora en su salud.

Los educadores de Arizona viajaron a Acrosanti para sembrar cientos de semillas de maíz utilizando técnicas Hopi y aprender a mantener cultivos indígenas, en un intento por mantener vivas las tradiciones de siembra y cosecha. Read more»

Michael Kotutwa Johnson says Hopi corn 'has 10 to 15 times more mineral content' than supermarket corn. He hopes to share it with the Hopi people and believes they will see an improvement in health.

Educators from across Arizona traveled to Acrosanti last month to plant hundreds of seeds using Hopi techniques and learn how to sustain Indigenous crops in an attempt to keep planting and harvesting traditions alive, due to corn’s connection to culture and its health benefits. Read more»

There are at least 48 clean energy projects in communities with sizable Native American populations, including some 25,000 jobs in Arizona, Nevada and Oklahoma.

Decisions made in Washington, D.C. over the next few days will have huge implications for how Indigenous communities and the country navigates climate change – and what kinds of jobs that are created. Read more»

Gertie and the T.O. Boyz will be one of the bands at the Waila Celebration.

The social dance music — a mix of polkas and waltzes with Mexican influences — developed by Southern Arizona's Tohono O'odham people will be featured at this year's Waila Celebration, set for Saturday. Read more»

Anita Verma-Lallian works at her desk in Paradise Valley. Verma-Lallian is the owner of Camelback Productions, which she says is Arizona’s first woman- and South Asian-owned film production and entertainment company.

Arizona’s original film tax credit was created in 2005 but shut down in 2010, after the state spent $6.3 million more in credits in 2008 than it generated in new taxes, but a new bill aims to ensure new film production tax credits benefit the state. Read more»

Boards set up outside the storefront of Drumbeat, a Native American goods store located in Phoenix, display missing people posters of Indigenous people from tribal nations across Arizona. Reva Stewart displays the missing person posters to help raise awareness.

Over the past year, unmarked vans cruising the streets of tribal nations to pick up Indigenous people - individuals claiming to be legitimate healthcare providers but who were instead allegedly billing Arizona’s Medicaid system for rehabilitation services that were never provided. Read more»

Not Invisible Act Commissioners gathered at Twin Arrows Casino near Flagstaff on the Navajo Nation to hear testimony from people who have been impacted by the human trafficking and the MMIP Crisis on May 9, 2023.

The Not Invisible Act Commission held a public hearing at the Twin Arrows Casino near Flagstaff on May 9 to hear testimony and recommendations from victims and families impacted by human trafficking and the missing and murdered Indigenous peoples crisis. Read more»

The Census Bureau may change how it asks about race and ethnicity, a shift that could end what one advocate called the 'painful irony' of Native Americans, Latinos and those of Middle Eastern or North African descent having to identify as white or 'other.'

A proposal by the Census Bureau could overhaul the way it questions race and ethnicity, in an attempt to “ensure that all people are able to identify themselves within one or more of the minimum categories," and "categories reflect meaningful and easy to understand distinctions.” Read more»

The Missing and Murdered Task Force held its first meeting at the State Capitol on May 8, 2023.

The executive task force for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples - established by Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs - held their inaugural meeting and will prepare and submit a report annually on or before Dec. 1 to Hobbs with recommendations for administrative or legislative action. Read more»

Three generations of Anita Yellowhair’s family, including her daughter, Noel Alvarez, left, and her granddaughter, Sierra Alvarez. Each generation has been impacted in some way by intergenerational trauma.

Over 60 years later, boarding school survivor Anita Yellowhair shares her story of 10 years at the Intermountain Indian School, one of thousands of children taken from their home to one of more than 400 boarding schools, where they would learn how to live the white man’s way. Read more»

Indivisible Tohono Co-Founder April Ignacio talks about the importance of the City of Tucson and Pima County’s intent to form a task force during a press conference on National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on May 5, 2023.

The City of Tucson is the first city in the nation to launch its own Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls task force, which will work on ways to address the crisis within the city, greater Pima County and nearby tribal nations. Read more»

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation proposed three alternatives to supplement the 2007 environmental impact statement and interim guidelines, which govern operations along the Colorado River. The most severe cuts would hit tribal nations and agriculture users.

Following one of the wettest winters in recent history, Arizona officials anticipate a dry 2024 - as over the 23-year drought, the wettest years have always been followed by some of the driest - while federal water usage cuts loom. Read more»

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