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Dozens of hikers became ill during trips to waterfalls near the Grand Canyon

The waterfalls are on the Havasupai Tribe's reservation, which is accessible only by foot, helicopter or by riding a horse or mule.
June 13, 2024

Judge dismisses Native American challenge to $10B SunZia energy transmission project in Arizona

Judge Jennifer Zipps said in her ruling issued Thursday that the plaintiffs were years too late in bringing their challenge.
June 7, 2024

U.S. Supreme Court sides with Native American tribes in health care funding dispute with government

Facilities are often inadequate and understaffed, the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona said in court documents.
June 6, 2024

Arizona tribe temporarily bans dances after police officer is fatally shot responding to disturbance

The Phoenix FBI is investigating the fatal shooting, but it has not released many details.
June 2, 2024

Native American tribes give unanimous approval to proposal securing Colorado River water

The Navajo Nation Council has signed off on a proposed settlement.
May 24, 2024

Family of Tohono O'odham man killed by Border Patrol last year files wrongful death suit

Raymond Mattia was killed in the Tohono O’odham community of Menagers Dam the night of May 18, 2023.
May 20, 2024

Proposed settlement is first step in securing Colorado River water for 3 Native American tribes

The Navajo Nation has one of the largest single outstanding claims in the Colorado River basin and will vote soon on the measure in a special session.
May 14, 2024

District of Arizona works to improve handling of MMIP cases

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona is fortifying how they handle cases involving missing or murdered Indigenous peoples.
May 6, 2024

Native tribes file to dismiss lawsuit threatening Grand Canyon National Monument

Conservations groups joined the tribes in filing to intervene in the case.
April 25, 2024

‘Combating this epidemic’: Native Americans gather to address suicide prevention

In 2019, suicide was the second leading cause of death for Native Americans and Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34.
April 21, 2024

Ancient farmers dug canals that shaped Phoenix's modern water system

Those ancient farmers have been referred to as the "Hohokam" but it’s not the name of a tribe or a people, and their O'Odham, Hopi, and Zuni descendants do not call them that.
April 18, 2024

US court rejects a request by tribes to block $10B SunZia energy transmission project in Arizona

The project — approved in 2015 following a lengthy review — has been touted as the biggest U.S. electricity infrastructure undertaking since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s.
April 16, 2024

Uranium is being mined near the Grand Canyon as prices soar and the US pushes for more nuclear power

The largest uranium producer in the United States is ramping up work at a mine less than 10 miles from the rim of the Grand Canyon.
March 30, 2024

AZ House Committee rejects sober living homes regulation bill despite Senate support

The bill passed the Arizona Senate unanimously.
March 22, 2024

Arizona legislation to better regulate rehab programs targeted by Medicaid scams is moving forward

Hathalie said she anticipates a vote by the full House could come as soon as Thursday.
March 15, 2024

SunZia Transmission Project sparks legal dispute over sacred sites preservation

The Tohono O’odham Nation and San Carlos Apache Tribe seek to halt construction, citing threats to cultural heritage.
March 14, 2024

I’m taking this way too seriously as an adult: The growth of mountain biking in Arizona

In two very different stories about one of America's fastest-growing sports, we head to a 24-hour mountain bike relay race. Then we talk to some of the people behind a documentary about spreading mountain biking on the Navajo Nation.
March 14, 2024

Gila River Indian Community says it doesn't support latest Colorado River sharing proposals

The tribe is among the most prominent of the 30 federally-recognized tribes that use the Colorado River.
March 14, 2024

The US is springing forward to daylight saving. For Navajo and Hopi tribes, it's a time of confusion

The Navajo Nation, which also stretches into Utah and New Mexico, will reset clocks for one hour later despite being situated between two territories that remain on standard time: the rest of Arizona and the neighboring Hopi reservation.
March 10, 2024

The Buzz: The Legacy and impact of Land Grant Institutions

A look at how an 1862 act impacted Native lands and eventually led to UA's fossil fuel use despite climate pledges.
March 8, 2024

How Apache Stronghold's fight to protect Oak Flat in central Arizona has played out over the years

Resolution Copper, a subsidiary of international mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP, wants to develop the large deposit of copper ore deep under Oak Flat into a massive mine.
March 2, 2024

A US appeals court ruling could allow mine development on Oak Flat, land sacred to Apaches

Wendsler Nosie, who has led Apache Stronghold’s fight, vowed to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
March 1, 2024

Arizona secures $10.3 million investment for ecosystem restoration

The federal investment strengthens conservation efforts and combats invasive threats
February 22, 2024

Federal energy regulators deny permits for a controversial project on the Navajo Nation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it was establishing a new policy about cooperation with Tribes.
February 19, 2024
VIDEO

Artist Maria Arvayo

Pascua Yaqui artist draws inspiration from the Sonoran Desert landscape.
November 15, 2023

Navajo Weavers

Sisters Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete are 5th-generation master Navajo weavers
November 7, 2023

Museum of Northern Arizona

Founded in 1928, the Museum of Northern Arizona protects and preserves the natural and cultural heritage of northern Arizona through research, collections, conservation, and education.
November 2, 2023

Navajo Silversmiths

Navajo Silversmith Alex Beeshligaii seeks to preserve his artform by passing Diné traditions and language on to his children.
October 24, 2023

Note of Life: Gertie and the T.O. Boyz

As the only female band leader on the Tohono O'odham reservation, Gertie Lopez is a is a celebrated musician who has been a force in Tucson’s music community for decades.
September 20, 2023

An Endangered Language

With the majority of Indigenous tribal languages in the United States in critical danger of dying out, what does it take to keep them from becoming extinct.
April 29, 2022

We Are the Water Missing Home

Indigenous communities fight against border wall construction near a sacred Sonoran Desert spring. (10:06)
April 25, 2021

The Bahidaj Harvest

For thousands of years the Tohono O’odham have lived in the Sonoran Desert and for much of that time harvested the Bahidaj, the fruit of the Saguaro.
August 7, 2020
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