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Legislation would let an Arizona tribe lease its Colorado River water allocation

A new proposal in Congress would let Arizona’s Colorado River Indian Tribes lease portions of their federal Colorado River allocations for the first time, a move the tribes said would benefit both the river and tribal economies.... Read more»

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Arizona leaders praise Interior Sec. Haaland's order to remove derogatory names from federal lands

Arizona officials and advocates praised U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland for declaring "squaw" as a derogatory term and ordering that it be removed from any geographic feature on federal lands, which will rename 67 locations in Arizona.... Read more»

Run the land: Native women from Tucson and across the U.S. take to the roads and trails

Native Women Running, an Instagram page highlighting her half-marathons, 10Ks and other races, restores an Indigenous perspective to running and gives Indigenous women a platform to showcase their cultures and their passion for this ancient celebration of life.... Read more»

Proposed restrictions would make voting harder for Arizona’s tribal communities

Native American voters helped secure President Joe Biden’s narrow win in 2020, but Republican-backed proposals at the state legislature to restrict voting access could make the challenges tribal voters overcame last year even more daunting in 2022. ... 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»

Navajo leaders consider phased reopening as soon as next week

Navajo leaders said the tribe could begin moving toward the phased reopening of the reservation as early as next week, but they continued to urge members to take precautions to keep the number of COVID-19 cases trending downward.... Read more»

With stay-at-home orders and fundraising, Indian Country combats COVID-19

Native Americans are seeking more help from the federal government to fight COVID-19, even as the Navajo Nation and other tribes take steps to combat the disease themselves – including raising money to help vulnerable citizens and issuing shelter-in-place orders. ... Read more»

Start of missing, murdered women panel moving 'at speed of bureaucracy'

State officials agree that none of the $150,000 allocated for a task force on missing and murdered indigenous women that was created in May has been seen yet. But they disagree on who’s to blame.... Read more»

Tribes strike back: Native Americans work to overcome voter laws they say diminish their influence

Across the West, Native Americans are fighting to overcome voter ID laws, polling place closures and voter registration purges. They could affect key midterm elections... Read more»

Native American farmers plan moves to global market, greater sustainability

Native Americans are the primary operators of more than half of all farm or ranches in the state, making Arizona’s agriculture landscape unique.... Read more»

Technology helps teach Navajo language in new ways

Learning a new language can be hard, especially when the language is as scarce and complicated as Navajo. At the University of Arizona, technology — including apps — is playing a role in passing along Navajo.... Read more»

Feds approve 25-year extension for mining, burning coal at Navajo plant

Federal officials approved a multi-year deal last week to allow expanded mining of coal on Navajo lands and continued burning of it at the nearby Four Corners Power Plant, along with other measures.... Read more»6

Az woman celebrates as appeals court denies 'Redskins' trademark

A federal judge Wednesday upheld a ruling by the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel registration of the Washington Redskins' trademark.... Read more»4

Ducey orders flags lowered for slain Navajo police officer

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of a Navajo police officer, Alex Yazzie, killed in the line of duty Thursday night.... Read more»1

Largest-ever tribal settlement sees $554M to Navajo

The tribe's 2006 lawsuit originally sought $900 million for what it called the federal government's decades of mishandling royalties from oil, gas, coal, uranium and other mineral leases it held in trust for the tribe. The settlement was hailed as a "victory for tribal sovereignty." ... Read more»

Az woman looks back after almost 10 years fighting Redskins’ name

Amanda Blackhorse said things have changed since a 2005 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins, when she and other protesters faced fans’ verbal abuse for having the audacity to suggest that the teams’ names were racist. Today, Blackhorse has President Barack Obama on her side. ... Read more»

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