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Cronkite News: Navajo will not ease restrictions, despite improving numbers
Cronkite News: Navajo will not ease restrictions, despite improving numbers (July 1, 2020)

The number of new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation is on a downward trend, but tribal leaders said that does not mean they are ready to ease up on health restrictions.


Cronkite News: Court affirms ruling that Pentagon funding of border wall is ‘unlawful’
Cronkite News: Court affirms ruling that Pentagon funding of border wall is ‘unlawful’ (June 30, 2020)

Just days after President Trump praised border wall efforts, a federal court reaffirmed that the administration’s method of funding that construction was 'unlawful.'


Cronkite News: Two Arizona tribes, advocacy group join suits over EPA’s clean-water rule rollback
Cronkite News: Two Arizona tribes, advocacy group join suits over EPA’s clean-water rule rollback (June 24, 2020)

Tribal nations are suing the Trump administration over a clean water rule that critics said would lead to pollution and degradation.


Cronkite News: Case numbers shatter daily record set four days earlier
Cronkite News: Case numbers shatter daily record set four days earlier (June 18, 2020)

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona are on the rise, following the state's decision to life stay-at-home orders.


Cronkite News: Supreme Court expands ‘sex discrimination’ to protect LGBTQ workers
Cronkite News: Supreme Court expands ‘sex discrimination’ to protect LGBTQ workers (June 16, 2020)

The Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act protections against 'sex discrimination' also protect gay or transgender employees from discrimination, even if they are not specifically mentioned in the 1964 law.


Cronkite News: Native American communities hit harder than some states, research finds
Cronkite News: Native American communities hit harder than some states, research finds (June 15, 2020)

The disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on minorities underscores the longstanding failure of federal officials to respond to the needs of Native Americans, a key lawmaker said.


Cronkite News: Navajo leaders lay out plan to spend relief funds, shield elderly from ‘this monster’
Cronkite News: Navajo leaders lay out plan to spend relief funds, shield elderly from ‘this monster’ (June 10, 2020)

Federal funding has reached the Navajo Nation, and President Jonathan Nez is urging tribal leaders to move quickly to approve the distribution of $50 million in funds from the CARES Act.


Terry Rambler: 'His cry is our cry. We can’t breathe.'
Terry Rambler: 'His cry is our cry. We can’t breathe.' (June 10, 2020)

Even as George Floyd is being laid to rest, all America must heed his call from heaven. His cry is our cry. We can’t breathe.


Cronkite News: Plan to ‘revive’ uranium mining called unneeded, unwanted by advocates
Cronkite News: Plan to ‘revive’ uranium mining called unneeded, unwanted by advocates (June 9, 2020)

The Trump administration wants to 'revive and strengthen' the uranium mining industry despite its toxic legacy in Indian Country.


Cronkite News: Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics
Cronkite News: Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics (June 8, 2020)

Concerns about sacred sites, endangered species and lack of tribal consultation weren't enough to derail a hydropower study on the Little Colorado River


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation cancels July 4 celebrations, ends weekend curfew
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation cancels July 4 celebrations, ends weekend curfew (June 4, 2020)

Navajo Nation leaders have canceled this year’s Fourth of July celebrations as the tribe continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks (June 3, 2020)

The Trump administration's efforts to reopen national parks are being made without COVID-19 health safety measures, tribal leaders said.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo Nation sees a spike in cases
COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo Nation sees a spike in cases (June 2, 2020)

Despite promising trends last week, the Navajo Nation reported a spike in COVID-19 cases, with new cases and additional deaths.


Navajo COVID curve flattens, but leaders fear post-holiday spike in cases
Navajo COVID curve flattens, but leaders fear post-holiday spike in cases (June 1, 2020)

After weeks of grim news as the pandemic tore through the Navajo Nation, the curve of positive COVID-19 cases has begun to flatten, President Jonathan Nez said.


'Absolutely maddening': Trump administration falters on coronavirus relief promised to tribes
'Absolutely maddening': Trump administration falters on coronavirus relief promised to tribes (May 29, 2020)

It was a federal judge's mistake but it forced the Trump administration into disclosing the troubles tribes are facing as they seek the COVID-19 funds they were promised two months ago.


Report: Treasury formula for COVID-19 funding shortchanges some tribes
Report: Treasury formula for COVID-19 funding shortchanges some tribes (May 26, 2020)

Arizona tribes were among those who could get too much – or too little – COVID-19 relief from the Trump administration.


Tribe aims to improve dental health by bringing smiles to the dental visit
Tribe aims to improve dental health by bringing smiles to the dental visit (May 25, 2020)

As she looked at the Disney characters decorating the walls of the San Carlos Apache Healthcare Dental Clinic and at the smiling, laughing children watching dental health demonstrations, Suzanne Haney thought back to what a trip to the dentist used to be.


ProPublica: Former Trump aide provided faulty masks to Indian Health Service
ProPublica: Former Trump aide provided faulty masks to Indian Health Service (May 22, 2020)

A former White House aide won a $3 million contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals, just 11 days after he created a company to sell personal protective equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


Ronson Chee: COVID-19 pandemic exposes long-standing issues on Navajo Nation
Ronson Chee: COVID-19 pandemic exposes long-standing issues on Navajo Nation (May 13, 2020)

The disproportionate high rates of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation (Nation) has recently made headlines at the world stage and has brought to light the lack of in-home sanitation facilities and lack of potable water infrastructure coverage.


'A slap in the face for Indian Country': Tribes decry Trump administration's delay in $8 billion in coronavirus relief
'A slap in the face for Indian Country': Tribes decry Trump administration's delay in $8 billion in coronavirus relief (May 6, 2020)

Under fire in Indian Country, Congress and the courts, the Trump administration is finally releasing $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds promised to tribal governments over a month ago.


Trump heads to Native American roundtable amid heat on $8 billion in coronavirus relief
Trump heads to Native American roundtable amid heat on $8 billion in coronavirus relief (May 5, 2020)

President Donald Trump is preparing to take credit for releasing the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund that his own administration has held up for more than a month, helping a vulnerable Republican along the way.


Court upholds death penalty for only Native American on U.S. death row
Court upholds death penalty for only Native American on U.S. death row (May 4, 2020)

An appeals court upheld the death sentence for the only Native American on federal death row even though some judges questioned the necessity of the punishment.


Former ASU basketball player Michelle Tom helping Navajo Nation fight coronavirus
Former ASU basketball player Michelle Tom helping Navajo Nation fight coronavirus (April 27, 2020)

Michelle Tom, a basketball standout from the Navajo Nation, is treating coronavirus patients in an underfunded community hospital on the reservation.


NABI cancellation means much more to Native American community than just loss of basketball
NABI cancellation means much more to Native American community than just loss of basketball (April 21, 2020)

The cancellation of the Native American Basketball Invitational means more to that community than simply taking a summer off from playing ball.


Coronavirus takes higher toll on Native Americans in hard hit region
Coronavirus takes higher toll on Native Americans in hard hit region (April 15, 2020)

The coronavirus is taking a disproportionate toll on the first Americans, whose health care is promised by the federal government yet often falls far short of the need.


Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes
Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes (April 14, 2020)

With a major assist from the Trump administration, Alaska Native corporations are poised to claim a large share of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund despite not being tribal governments.


Down for the count: Tribes' Census response lags far behind state, U.S.
Down for the count: Tribes' Census response lags far behind state, U.S. (April 6, 2020)

Tribal response to the 2020 Census badly trails state and national rates, with the already-challenging task complicated by the arrival of COVID-19.


COVID-19 fears close Grand Canyon National Park after weeks of pressure
COVID-19 fears close Grand Canyon National Park after weeks of pressure (April 2, 2020)

The National Park Service abruptly closed Grand Canyon National Park, bowing to weeks of pressure after health officials expressed 'extreme concern' about the potential for spread of COVID-19 in the park.


Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread
Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread (April 1, 2020)

Lawmakers joined local and tribal officials in calling on the Trump administration to reverse its 'reckless' decision to keep Grand Canyon National Park open during the COVID-19 pandemic.


As COVID-19 cases rise, so do hospital workers’ worries about equipment
As COVID-19 cases rise, so do hospital workers’ worries about equipment (March 31, 2020)

Hospitals are rationing and ordering workers to reuse protective equipment like masks, gowns and eyewear in an attempt to head off shortages expected with the surge in COVID-19 patients.


Trump signs $2 trillion relief bill hours after House rushes it through
Trump signs $2 trillion relief bill hours after House rushes it through (March 30, 2020)

Lawmakers said tribal communities will receive much needed funding from the CARES Act to fight COVID-19.


Maricopa County ranks No. 2 for potential census undercount, report says
Maricopa County ranks No. 2 for potential census undercount, report says (March 26, 2020)

The U.S. Census Bureau has delayed field operations until at least April 1, so door-to-door visits are on hold as a result of the coronavirus.


Coronavirus relief coming to Indian Country with passage of bipartisan legislation
Coronavirus relief coming to Indian Country with passage of bipartisan legislation (March 26, 2020)

With number of positive COVID-19 cases rising in tribal communities, Indian Country will finally see billions of dollars from a coronavirus package almost over the finish line on Capitol Hill.


Indian Health Service works to distribute more coronavirus funding to tribes as cases continue to grow
Indian Health Service works to distribute more coronavirus funding to tribes as cases continue to grow (March 24, 2020)

With additional federal funds on the table, tribes continue to press the Trump administration to ensure their communities aren't left out of relief efforts as the coronavirus spreads among their people.


Trump administration moves slowly on coronavirus funding for Indian Country
Trump administration moves slowly on coronavirus funding for Indian Country (March 23, 2020)

The Trump administration finally announced plans to distribute much-needed funding to Indian Country as the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow in communities that have long been underserved by the federal government.


After clear victory in Arizona, Biden looks to be in control
After clear victory in Arizona, Biden looks to be in control (March 23, 2020)

Coming out of the Arizona primary, former Vice President Joe Biden has emerged as the clear Democratic frontrunner ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders.


'Lives are at risk': Coronavirus cases continue to grow in Indian Country as tribes push for action in Washington
'Lives are at risk': Coronavirus cases continue to grow in Indian Country as tribes push for action in Washington (March 19, 2020)

With the number of coronavirus cases in Indian Country growing by the day, tribes are pressing the federal government to live up to its treaty and trust responsibilities and ensure their communities aren't left out of relief efforts.


Senate OKs COVID-19 bill mandating paid leave, readies new relief bill
Senate OKs COVID-19 bill mandating paid leave, readies new relief bill (March 19, 2020)

The Senate gave overwhelming approval to a multibillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill, the second such bill in two weeks, and immediately turned its attention to a third bill that could have a $1 trillion price tag.


Indian Country plunges into uncertainty as coronavirus reaches their communities
Indian Country plunges into uncertainty as coronavirus reaches their communities (March 18, 2020)

The coronavirus continues to wreak social and economic havoc in Indian County, with tribes curtailing their operations as the first cases are confirmed in their communities.


Feds offer financial incentive to help find homes for wild horses and burros
Feds offer financial incentive to help find homes for wild horses and burros (March 16, 2020)

Thousands of wild horses and burros roam across millions of acres of public land in 10 Western states


Cultural barriers challenge Native Americans seeking cancer treatment
Cultural barriers challenge Native Americans seeking cancer treatment (March 13, 2020)

Despite some strides in improving health care access and treatment in Indian Country, cultural barriers still prevent patients from asking for help or getting treatment.


'The fight is here and now':  Sacred site debate returns to nation's capital amid familiar challenges
'The fight is here and now': Sacred site debate returns to nation's capital amid familiar challenges (March 12, 2020)

Republicans tried to derail a sacred sites hearing by using the coronavirus as an excuse. It didn't work.


Native Sun News Today: Tohono O'odham demand end to blasting of sacred sites for border wall
Native Sun News Today: Tohono O'odham demand end to blasting of sacred sites for border wall (March 11, 2020)

'Dynamiting these sacred sites and burial grounds is the same as bulldozing Arlington National Cemetery,' Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said of the Trump administration's construction of the border wall.


Supreme Court vacates ruling in Nogales cross-border shooting
Supreme Court vacates ruling in Nogales cross-border shooting (March 10, 2020)

Border patrol agents who shot and killed two Mexican teens in two separate incidents cannot be sued in the U.S. court system.


One active Native judge is less than one-quarter of 1 percent of the federal bench
One active Native judge is less than one-quarter of 1 percent of the federal bench (March 9, 2020)

There are 870 Article III judges in the United States. Only two are Native American.


Some see normal as a go ... while others say no after COVID-19 disruption
Some see normal as a go ... while others say no after COVID-19 disruption (March 6, 2020)

Tribes, organizations and enterprises in Indian Country are trying to conduct business and mitigate fears about the coronavirus.


Snowbowl renovation gains speed with Forest Service approval of new ski lift
Snowbowl renovation gains speed with Forest Service approval of new ski lift (March 6, 2020)

The U.S. Forest Service approved a $60 million expansion of a privately-owned ski resort in the sacred San Francisco Peaks.


Clean energy produced on Navajo land could help power Los Angeles
Clean energy produced on Navajo land could help power Los Angeles (March 5, 2020)

'Right now, throughout the world, we’re not taking care of our lands,' Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said.


Homeland Secrets: Shootings by Homeland Security agents get little scrutiny
Homeland Secrets: Shootings by Homeland Security agents get little scrutiny (March 4, 2020)

Federal law enforcement shootings have escaped heightened scrutiny even though most of the victims have been black, Hispanic or Native American, according to the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.


Two Arizona witnesses, two very different views at border wall hearing
Two Arizona witnesses, two very different views at border wall hearing (March 3, 2020)

Two Arizonans -- one of them a tribal leader -- from two points on the border brought two very different ideas about the border wall to a hearing in the nation's capital.


Blasting sacred sites for border wall ‘forever damaged’ tribes
Blasting sacred sites for border wall ‘forever damaged’ tribes (March 2, 2020)

An emotional Tohono O’odham Nation chairman said blasting sacred sites to build a border wall has 'forever damaged our people.'


Endangered species throw roadblock in path of Rosemont Copper mine
Endangered species throw roadblock in path of Rosemont Copper mine (February 25, 2020)

A federal judge has overturned environmental permits for the Rosemont Copper Mine, a controversial project opposed by tribes in Arizona.


'There's nothing to be afraid of': Arizonans gear up for the 2020 census
'There's nothing to be afraid of': Arizonans gear up for the 2020 census (February 24, 2020)

'We have met one-on-one with all of the tribal nations in the state of Arizona,' an official from the U.S. Census Bureau said.


DHS waives more regulations to speed construction of border wall
DHS waives more regulations to speed construction of border wall (February 21, 2020)

The Trump administration took another step toward expediting a border wall, waiving federal contracting regulations to fast track construction in four states.


Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding
Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding (February 20, 2020)

Tribal officials raised issues ranging from polluted water to underfunded police but there was one message they all had for lawmakers – the government needs to be a more reliable partner on critical projects.


‘What’s old is new again’: Advocates say tribal voting hurdles remain
‘What’s old is new again’: Advocates say tribal voting hurdles remain (February 19, 2020)

Voting barriers for Native Americans have always existed, but polling cutbacks, discriminatory voter ID laws and lack of funding for elections are making things worse.


Leaders say border wall blasting typical of feds’ neglect of tribes
Leaders say border wall blasting typical of feds’ neglect of tribes (February 18, 2020)

Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris said the 'controlled blasting' for a border wall that will ultimately cut through his reservation is just the latest example of the federal government ignoring its duty to consult with tribes.


'Do your job': Tribes slam Trump administration on sovereignty and homelands
'Do your job': Tribes slam Trump administration on sovereignty and homelands (February 12, 2020)

The Trump administration's point person on Indian policy took a brutal beating as tribal leaders warned about dire threats to their sovereignty.


Closing loopholes or slamming doors? Advocates blast SNAP changes
Closing loopholes or slamming doors? Advocates blast SNAP changes (February 7, 2020)

The Trump administration's proposed changes to the nationwide food stamp program are coming under fire.


Sinema, McSally fall in line with parties as Senate acquits Trump
Sinema, McSally fall in line with parties as Senate acquits Trump (February 6, 2020)

Most lawmakers fell in line with their respective parties as the U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment that could have forced his removal from office.