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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

Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture teaches next generation farmers sustainable practices

With a hope to sustain farming practices in Indigenous communities, the program is training the next generation of growers through their beginning farmer apprenticeship program.
February 18, 2024

The Buzz: Changes to Arizona's elections

Election moves come as the state prepares for more mandatory recounts.
February 16, 2024

Arizona Republicans challenge Biden’s designation of a national monument near the Grand Canyon

The monument designation will help preserve 1,562 square miles (4,046 square kilometers) just to the north and south of Grand Canyon National Park.
February 12, 2024

Tohono O’odham Utility Authority unveils expanded high-speed internet access

Funding for the project came from a $10 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ReConnect Program.
January 11, 2024

Tucson Indian Center to receive nearly $600,000 in needed renovations

The Tucson Indian Center is receiving federal funding for renovations to continue serving Tucson’s urban Native American community.
December 21, 2023

Friends of Aphasia celebrates the life and work of Pete Kozachik.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Local experts weigh in on feeding the future; Meet composer and pianst Larry Redhouse; and a new series of productions at The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre called The Late Night Radio Hour.
December 13, 2023

A new radio drama: "Six Ways to Get Bit by a Rattlesnake"

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Hydropower on the Navajo Nation; Preview the upcoming Oro Valley Arts Festival; Listen to a poem by Rick Wamer, and a new song from Gabrielle Pietrangelo.
November 29, 2023

The Buzz: Why a 32-year-old federal law has failed to bring Native American remains home

A federal law was supposed to ensure returns of most remains by 1995. So why are thousands of Arizona tribal remains still not back with their people?
November 24, 2023

Conservation windfall in Arizona: America the Beautiful Challenge funds key initiatives

Statewide grant recipients develop nature-based solutions
November 15, 2023

Arizona teens share passions with others at White House Tribal Youth Forum

scussions at the forum, which was held at the Department of Health and Human Services, ranged from climate change to civic engagement, from the legacy of federal Indian boarding schools to mental health and substance abuse.
November 13, 2023

BLM halts SunZia Transmission Project in Arizona amid concerns over cultural impact

A temporary suspension sparks consultations as the Bureau of Land management responds to cultural concerns, impacting a segment of the transmission project
November 9, 2023

"Stewart Udall: The Politics of Beauty"

Also on Arizona Spotlight: How teachers are dealing with AI in classrooms; and a story of survival in plain sight from Children of the Holocaust.
November 8, 2023

Navigating murky waters: how laws and regulations can hinder tribal initiatives

In this tapped episode, Katya Mendoza and Paola Rodriguez explore the intersection of preserving tribal heritage, defending precious resources and reforming mining laws.
November 3, 2023

Hopi leader tells panel that red tape, financial hurdles put aid out of reach

The remarks by Hopi Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma were part of a Senate Indian Affairs Committee roundtable on challenges tribes are facing.
October 29, 2023

A generational battle: How a tribe’s concern over uranium mining on ancestral homelands brought Biden to AZ

In this tapped episode, Katya Mendoza and Paola Rodriguez explore the history of the Havasupai people's fight to stop uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.
October 27, 2023

The Buzz: Increasing broadband access in rural Arizona

As billions in grant dollars roll in, how is internet access growing around the state?
September 15, 2023

MMIP task forces are given years to solve a problem centuries in the making

Gov. Katie Hobbs’ Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous People face a “big ask” – to “reduce and end violence against Indigenous people” in the state.
August 19, 2023

It's "Reservation Dogs" final season, cast member Jon Proudstar shares how it began.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Meet Robaba, a refugee from Afghanistan with a passion for knowledge and a story to tell; members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness share "Moments to Cope"; and remembering filmmaker William Friedkin.
August 9, 2023

Tucson eyes solutions to prevent more fraudulent sober homes from coming

Tucson's mayor and council directed staff to examine how the city can incorporate regulations for the future.
August 8, 2023

Biden creates new national monument near Grand Canyon

Tribes in Arizona have been pushing the president to use his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to create the new national monument.
August 8, 2023
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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