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Tribes have their own cultures, languages and customs, but two common threads run through them – high esteem for their elders, and the heavy impact COVID-19 has had on their communities.
As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, medical providers are moving to telehealth – prompting calls for more funding for infrastructure and technology in Indian Country to remedy disparities that can make long-distance care impossible.
Every year for 46 years, hundreds of runners have ben in honor of Louis Tewanima, a Hopi man who won a silver medal in the Olympics in 1912.
Nearly one in three households on the Navajo Nation lack indoor plumbing, making it more difficult to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
From a traditional hogan in a remote area on the Utah-Arizona line, Cynthia Wilson spent much of her spring sourcing drought-resistant seeds, packing them in small manila envelopes and labeling them to ship to families across the Four Corners.
When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived on the Navajo Nation, Zoel Zohnnie saw families and elders sheltering in place – and no one helping them to haul water they desperately needed.
As activists nationwide vandalize, topple and demand the removal of Confederate statues and memorials, the United Daughters of the Confederacy removed two monuments from state property in Arizona.
Navajo Nation 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.
'The Special Diabetes Program for Indians is critical in our fight against diabetes and viruses such as COVID-19,' Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said.
More than 30 percent of homes on the Navajo Nation lack adequate access to running water.
Washington’s NFL team on Monday officially dropped its name, a derogatory term for Native Americans that the team has held since 1933.
'A lot of Native American people do not want to be looked at as a sidekick, a caricature or a stereotype,' says Apache artist and activist Douglas Miles.
At a time when some Native American communities continue to struggle with the most basic needs, tribal leaders called it 'an outrage' that tribes had to wait months for coronavirus relief funds.
'We developed our collective in hopes of providing a system of support for one another,' says Harrenson Gorman, a co-founder of the Desert Indigenous Collective.
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.
Just days after President Trump praised border wall efforts, a federal court reaffirmed that the administration’s method of funding that construction was 'unlawful.'
As President Trump was hailing the pace of border wall construction, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. was bemoaning it as a project that continues to destroy sacred sites.
With COVID-19 taking an especially heavy toll on Native Americans, tribal leaders and mental health experts have stepped up efforts to address the emotional suffering brought on by ongoing lockdowns and so much loss.
Experts can cite any number of historical and logistical reasons why Native Americans have relatively low response rates to the Census, but Arbin Mitchell points to a very new, and very specific challenge this year – COVID-19.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona are on the rise, following the state's decision to life stay-at-home orders.
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.
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.
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.
The Trump administration wants to 'revive and strengthen' the uranium mining industry despite its toxic legacy in Indian Country.
Concerns about sacred sites, endangered species and lack of tribal consultation weren't enough to derail a hydropower study on the Little Colorado River
Navajo Nation leaders have canceled this year’s Fourth of July celebrations as the tribe continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite promising trends last week, the Navajo Nation reported a spike in COVID-19 cases, with new cases and additional deaths.
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.
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.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some Native Americans have found a way to safely host traditional powwows by moving them online.
As Miss Shoshone-Bannock, Stormie Perdash has represented her people all across the United States. Now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, she’s representing them in a different way.
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.
Michelle Tom, a basketball standout from the Navajo Nation, is treating coronavirus patients in an underfunded community hospital on the reservation.
The cancellation of the Native American Basketball Invitational means more to that community than simply taking a summer off from playing ball.
The Navajo Nation has the country’s third-highest rate of COVID-19 infections, but it has had to watch as funds go to less hard-hit areas in a 'very slow' federal aid process, President Jonathan Nez said.
While Congress and the White House are promising to add billions to the Paycheck Protection Program, some small businesses say they are just trying to hang on long enough to get the money there now.
Banks and small businesses reported an overwhelming volume of calls and some confusion as the Small Business Administration launched the first phase of the $2 trillion economic stimulus package in the face of COVID-19.
Tribal response to the 2020 Census badly trails state and national rates, with the already-challenging task complicated by the arrival of COVID-19.
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.
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.
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.
Lawmakers said tribal communities will receive much needed funding from the CARES Act to fight COVID-19.
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.
The Senate deadlocked for a second day on more than $1 trillion in proposed support for an economy buffeted by coronavirus, as Democrats said the bill gives too much to corporations and Republicans accuse Democrats of making it a liberal wish list.
Coming out of the Arizona primary, former Vice President Joe Biden has emerged as the clear Democratic frontrunner ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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.
Thousands of wild horses and burros roam across millions of acres of public land in 10 Western states
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.
Border patrol agents who shot and killed two Mexican teens in two separate incidents cannot be sued in the U.S. court system.
The House Natural Resources Committee granted its Democratic leader the authority to subpoena officials from the Trump administration over the objections of Republicans.
'Right now, throughout the world, we’re not taking care of our lands,' Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said.
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 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.
A federal judge has overturned environmental permits for the Rosemont Copper Mine, a controversial project opposed by tribes in Arizona.
'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.