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'It just feels like they’re forgotten': Navajo women mobilize to protect elders from COVID-19
'It just feels like they’re forgotten': Navajo women mobilize to protect elders from COVID-19 (August 14, 2020)

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 providers turn to telehealth during COVID-19, calls rise for more resources in Indian Country
As providers turn to telehealth during COVID-19, calls rise for more resources in Indian Country (August 13, 2020)

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.


Ready, set, go virtual: Louis Tewanima Footrace runs virtually September 6
Ready, set, go virtual: Louis Tewanima Footrace runs virtually September 6 (August 11, 2020)

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.


As many face pandemic without running water, Navajo urged to ‘lift each other up’
As many face pandemic without running water, Navajo urged to ‘lift each other up’ (August 10, 2020)

Nearly one in three households on the Navajo Nation lack indoor plumbing, making it more difficult to reduce the risk of COVID-19.


Cronkite News: Food insecurity amid COVID-19 prompts Native Americans to return to their roots
Cronkite News: Food insecurity amid COVID-19 prompts Native Americans to return to their roots (August 4, 2020)

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.


Cronkite News: Navajo ‘Water Warrior’ drives miles during COVID to deliver to those in need
Cronkite News: Navajo ‘Water Warrior’ drives miles during COVID to deliver to those in need (August 3, 2020)

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.


Cronkite News: Two Confederate monuments removed, veterans and activists push for more
Cronkite News: Two Confederate monuments removed, veterans and activists push for more (July 28, 2020)

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.


Cronkite News: Navajo leaders consider phased reopening as soon as next week
Cronkite News: Navajo leaders consider phased reopening as soon as next week (July 22, 2020)

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.


Cronkite News: Congress urged to reauthorize diabetes program for Native Americans
Cronkite News: Congress urged to reauthorize diabetes program for Native Americans (July 20, 2020)

'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.


Cronkite News: Former NFL standout Chris Long helps bring Navajos much needed water
Cronkite News: Former NFL standout Chris Long helps bring Navajos much needed water (July 16, 2020)

More than 30 percent of homes on the Navajo Nation lack adequate access to running water.


'David and Goliath': Arizona leaders applaud name change of NFL Washington team
'David and Goliath': Arizona leaders applaud name change of NFL Washington team (July 14, 2020)

Washington’s NFL team on Monday officially dropped its name, a derogatory term for Native Americans that the team has held since 1933.


‘Symbol of erasure, exploitation, racism’: Arizona community reacts to Washington nickname controversy
‘Symbol of erasure, exploitation, racism’: Arizona community reacts to Washington nickname controversy (July 13, 2020)

'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.


Cronkite News: Tribes say delayed release of COVID-19 funds hurt coronavirus relief, other efforts
Cronkite News: Tribes say delayed release of COVID-19 funds hurt coronavirus relief, other efforts (July 10, 2020)

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.


Cronkite News: Mutual aid groups band together to help those in need during COVID-19
Cronkite News: Mutual aid groups band together to help those in need during COVID-19 (July 6, 2020)

'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.


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: Tribal leaders say border wall, other projects continue to threaten sacred, historic sites
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders say border wall, other projects continue to threaten sacred, historic sites (June 25, 2020)

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.


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: Native American groups address mental and behavioral health as COVID-19 wears on
Cronkite News: Native American groups address mental and behavioral health as COVID-19 wears on (June 22, 2020)

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.


Cronkite News: Census field workers back on Navajo Nation, with work cut out for them
Cronkite News: Census field workers back on Navajo Nation, with work cut out for them (June 19, 2020)

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.


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.


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.


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.


Powwows move online to keep Indigenous communities together
Powwows move online to keep Indigenous communities together (May 21, 2020)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some Native Americans have found a way to safely host traditional powwows by moving them online.


Pageant winner steps up to help her tribe and winds up shipping masks across North America
Pageant winner steps up to help her tribe and winds up shipping masks across North America (May 6, 2020)

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.


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.


Tribal leaders struggle against 'very slow' allocation of COVID-19 aid
Tribal leaders struggle against 'very slow' allocation of COVID-19 aid (April 20, 2020)

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.


Businesses running out of time, as delays plague week-old loan program
Businesses running out of time, as delays plague week-old loan program (April 13, 2020)

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.


'Overwhelming' demand on first day of $349 billion small-business aid program
'Overwhelming' demand on first day of $349 billion small-business aid program (April 6, 2020)

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.


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.


Economic stimulus bill stalls in Senate, as Democrats, Republicans feud
Economic stimulus bill stalls in Senate, as Democrats, Republicans feud (March 24, 2020)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Panel says Grijalva can subpoena 'stonewalling' administration officials
Panel says Grijalva can subpoena 'stonewalling' administration officials (March 9, 2020)

The House Natural Resources Committee granted its Democratic leader the authority to subpoena officials from the Trump administration over the objections of Republicans.


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.