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Reflections from Arizona's White Mountain Apache Tribe a year into the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic hit Native Americans especially hard, and now, more than a year since the first COVID-19 cases were recorded in the U.S., the White Mountain Apache Tribe in eastern Arizona has slowed the spread of the disease and helped curb death rates through a combination of intense contact-tracing, surveillance of high-risk individuals and, finally, vaccinations.... Read more»

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Grijalva: Don't trust Rio Tinto mining to protect Arizona's Oak Flat. Look what it did in Australia

As we recently witnessed in Australia, Rio Tinto's promises to protect sacred sites are meaningless. Congress must pass the Save Oak Flat Act to protect an Arizona grove where tribes have gathered to conduct ceremonies and gather traditional medicines for millennia.... Read more»

FCC grants no-cost broadband spectrum licenses to 11 Arizona tribes

The Federal Communications Commission has granted broadband spectrum licenses to 11 Arizona tribes in what FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called “a major step forward in our efforts to close the digital divide on Tribal lands.”... 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»

Flags at half-staff for Saturday funeral of slain White Mtn Apache officer

Flags will be flown at half-staff across Arizona on Saturday to mark the funeral of a White Mountain Apache police officer killed in the line of duty earlier this month.... Read more»

Flags at half-staff for slain White Mtn Apache officer

A White Mountain Apache police officer was killed in the line of duty Monday morning, and both Gov. Doug Ducey and tribal Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood have ordered that flags be flown at half-staff to honor Officer David Kellywood.... Read more»

Breaking the silence: Native Americans overcome taboos in battle against suicide

American Indians die of suicide at a rate higher than any other racial and ethnic group, and the rates are even higher in Arizona.... Read more»