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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention faulted for delay in Indian Country coronavirus funds
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention faulted for delay in Indian Country coronavirus funds (March 31, 2020)

As tribes look to the federal government to uphold its trust and treaty responsibilities during the worst public health crisis in decades, one important agency is receiving failing grades for its response to the coronavirus pandemic.


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.


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.


Reality check: Risk from virus remains 'very low' at this point
Reality check: Risk from virus remains 'very low' at this point (January 29, 2020)

The Indian Health Service's Phoenix Indian Medical Center has been taking the initiative to prepare for the respiratory illness known as the Novel Coronavirus.


Damming Little Colorado River for power projects is opposed by tribes, environmentalists
Damming Little Colorado River for power projects is opposed by tribes, environmentalists (January 8, 2020)

An Arizona company wants to build two massive hydroelectric projects on the Little Colorado River, threatening sacred tribal lands.


Navajo Generating Station, coal mine face years of breakdown, cleanup
Navajo Generating Station, coal mine face years of breakdown, cleanup (January 6, 2020)

They may have turned out the lights, but the party’s not over at the Navajo Generating Station and its affiliated Kayenta coal mine.


Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk
Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk (December 2, 2019)

Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of Oliver Leo Kirk, a veteran and tribal police officer who passed away at the age of 88.


Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony
Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony (November 27, 2019)

Appearing in public with President Donald Trump can be toxic. How did it go for the tribal leaders who met with him at the White House?


Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for Spring Creek Mine
Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for Spring Creek Mine (November 18, 2019)

Calling the purchase of coal mines 'disrespectful' to the Navajo Nation, President Jonathan Nez is pulling the tribe's financial backing.


Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases
Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases (November 14, 2019)

'It’s going to take a long time for the harmony between us as people and Mother Earth to be completely restored, but this is a beginning.'


Navajo Nation rips support of coal company
Navajo Nation rips support of coal company (November 13, 2019)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation say they weren't informed about the purchase of three coal mines far from tribal territory.


SRP confirms that last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away
SRP confirms that last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away (November 11, 2019)

An aging power plant that has provided jobs and revenues to the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation is finally shutting down for good.


The election is today (and national races are just a year away)
The election is today (and national races are just a year away) (November 5, 2019)

At least 10 Native candidates are running for U.S. Congress in 2020.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country (October 7, 2019)

Tribal leaders, federal officials and advocates will testify about the effects of radiation in Indian Country at a field hearing in New Mexico.


Navajo, Hopi will have objects, human remains repatriated by Finland
Navajo, Hopi will have objects, human remains repatriated by Finland (October 7, 2019)

The Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation are among 26 tribes that will see the return of ancestral remains from Finland, where the items have been held in a museum after being taken from Colorado almost 130 years ago.


Restrictive election laws, lack of polls hamper Native American voters, leaders say
Restrictive election laws, lack of polls hamper Native American voters, leaders say (October 2, 2019)

The voting rights of Native Americans are routinely suppressed by a slew of requirements and practices, such as photo ID laws and a scarcity of polling places, tribal leaders said.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation settles Wells Fargo lawsuit for $6.5 million
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation settles Wells Fargo lawsuit for $6.5 million (August 27, 2019)

Wells Fargo will pay $6.5 million to the Navajo Nation to settle the tribe’s 2017 suit that alleged a history of 'unfair, deceptive, fraudulent and illegal practices' aimed at elders and Dine language speakers.


Navajo Nation pays tribute to warriors on Code Talker Day
Navajo Nation pays tribute to warriors on Code Talker Day (August 14, 2019)

Five surviving Navajo Code Talkers, including Thomas H. Begay, John Kinsel, Peter MacDonald, and Joe Vandever, were honored by the Navajo Nation.


Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain
Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain (August 12, 2019)

Tribal leaders and advocates celebrated after an appeals court rebuffed opponents of the Indian Child Welfare Act in one of the most contentious cases in recent history.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill (June 27, 2019)

Tribal leaders are seeking support for bills that would guarantee water to their people in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.


Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court
Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court (May 29, 2019)

The Trump administration's 'energy dominance' agenda is once again facing a reckoning in Indian Country.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at meeting (May 13, 2019)

Bills affecting Indian education, treaty rights and water rights are moving forward on Capitol Hill.


Cronkite News: Largest oil field in Arizona sits on Navajo Nation
Cronkite News: Largest oil field in Arizona sits on Navajo Nation (April 29, 2019)

Arizona isn’t known as a big oil producing state, like Texas and North Dakota, but what oil is produced here is on Navajo land.


'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump
'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump (April 9, 2019)

With backing from one of the first Native women in Congress, tribes are calling for a permanent ban on energy development on ancestral territory.


Navajo Nation in mourning after body of 4-year-old missing girl is found
Navajo Nation in mourning after body of 4-year-old missing girl is found (April 4, 2019)

Anndine Jones, 4, was last seen on March 14 on the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation.


Cronkite News: Indian Country's needs ignored in State of the Union
Cronkite News: Indian Country's needs ignored in State of the Union (February 6, 2019)

'There was just no depth in regard to assisting us in Indian Country,' the vice president of the Navajo Nation said of Donald Trump's address to Congress.


Navajo Nation resorts to food drive as longest government shutdown continues
Navajo Nation resorts to food drive as longest government shutdown continues (January 24, 2019)

Tribes are growing increasingly alarmed by the never-ending government shutdown that has no solution in sight.


Pueblo citizen Lynn Trujillo named to governor's cabinet in New Mexico
Pueblo citizen Lynn Trujillo named to governor's cabinet in New Mexico (January 23, 2019)

Tribal leaders and advocates are welcoming a new leader for New Mexico's Department of Indian Affairs.


Jonathan Nez wins election as president of Navajo Nation
Jonathan Nez wins election as president of Navajo Nation (November 7, 2018)

The Navajo Nation has gone through another unusual election cycle.


Complaints filed against Navajo Nation presidential candidates
Complaints filed against Navajo Nation presidential candidates (September 20, 2018)

A former Navajo Nation presidential candidate is going after the top two candidates.


Navajo Nation voters oust incumbent in presidential primary
Navajo Nation voters oust incumbent in presidential primary (August 29, 2018)

Navajo Nation voters went to the polls and gave walking papers to incumbent President Russell Begaye.


Voters narrow down field for Navajo Nation's highest office
Voters narrow down field for Navajo Nation's highest office (August 28, 2018)

The Navajo Nation election centers on clean water, purged voter rolls and a fading coal economy.


Navajo Nation voters head to polls to choose a new leader
Navajo Nation voters head to polls to choose a new leader (August 23, 2018)

It's election season on the Navajo Nation and a whopping 18 candidates are seeking the tribe's highest office.


'I am totally down to nothing': Navajo Nation affected by nuclear era
'I am totally down to nothing': Navajo Nation affected by nuclear era (June 28, 2018)

Tribal citizens who were affected by uranium mining and nuclear tests during the Cold War are seeking compensation.


Navajo Nation raises treaty in opposition to Trump reorganization
Navajo Nation raises treaty in opposition to Trump reorganization (June 27, 2018)

The Navajo Nation has come up a pointed argument against the Trump administration's reorganization of the Department of the Interior.


Navajo Nation mourns loss of Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday
Navajo Nation mourns loss of Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday (June 12, 2018)

The Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday, who passed away at the age of 94.


'A victory for Indian Country': Deb Haaland secures primary win in historic run for Congress
'A victory for Indian Country': Deb Haaland secures primary win in historic run for Congress (June 6, 2018)

Indian Country witnessed history as Deb Haaland secured a commanding victory in her bid to become the first Native woman in the U.S. House.


Supreme Court turns away utility company in closely-watched sovereignty case
Supreme Court turns away utility company in closely-watched sovereignty case (April 30, 2018)

Indian Country is breathing a sigh of relief as the nation's highest court has refused to hear a closely-watched tribal sovereignty dispute.


Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears
Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears (December 5, 2017)

Tribes are fighting back after President Donald Trump announced a dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


President Trump stuns Indian Country with 'Pocahontas' slur in front of Navajo war heroes
President Trump stuns Indian Country with 'Pocahontas' slur in front of Navajo war heroes (November 27, 2017)

President Donald Trump sparked widespread outrage in Indian Country after marring an event featuring Navajo war heroes with a derogatory slur.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders call 'empowerment' bill a step in the right direction
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders call 'empowerment' bill a step in the right direction (October 26, 2017)

Tribal leaders backed a House bill that would give them the ability to control more of their land, instead of having to get federal approval for virtually any use.


Tribes press Congress for greater authority -- including taxation -- over their lands
Tribes press Congress for greater authority -- including taxation -- over their lands (October 25, 2017)

Tribal leaders and their advocates are embracing a once-controversial Indian land bill, seeing it as a means for exercising greater control of their economic futures.


Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress
Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress (September 25, 2017)

There are now seven #NativeVote18 candidates for U.S. Congress -- three Republicans and four Democrats.


Indian Child Welfare Act survives attack from conservative groups
Indian Child Welfare Act survives attack from conservative groups (March 21, 2017)

Tribal leaders and advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after a federal judge rejected a broad challenge on the historic law.


Navajo Nation leaders congratulate Donald Trump on big victory
Navajo Nation leaders congratulate Donald Trump on big victory (November 9, 2016)

President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez endorsed Hillary Clinton but they are ready to move forward with a Republican in the White House.


Donald Trump embraces big energy projects like Dakota Access Pipeline
Donald Trump embraces big energy projects like Dakota Access Pipeline (October 24, 2016)

The Republican presidential nominee's energy adviser happens to be one of the biggest defenders of the controversial pipeline.


Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye endorses Hillary Clinton
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye endorses Hillary Clinton (October 21, 2016)

The tribe's leader also took a big shot at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.


Emotions run strong as #NoDAPL seeps into debate on controversial public lands bill
Emotions run strong as #NoDAPL seeps into debate on controversial public lands bill (September 14, 2016)

Provisions in a 215-page public lands bill affect the rights of the Navajo Nation and the Ute Tribe and were included without their consent.


Hillary Clinton lands more tribal leader endorsements in New Mexico
Hillary Clinton lands more tribal leader endorsements in New Mexico (August 22, 2016)

The All Pueblo Council of Governors is lending its support to the Democratic presidential nominee.


Navajo Nation leaders reflect on historic Supreme Court session
Navajo Nation leaders reflect on historic Supreme Court session (June 28, 2016)

Tribal leaders hailed positive outcomes on tribal court jurisdiction, domestic violence and affirmative action.


Native push for Bernie Sanders fails to translate into more votes
Native push for Bernie Sanders fails to translate into more votes (March 24, 2016)

The visit by the Democratic presidential candidate to the Navajo Nation, though, helped focus attention to issues facing Indian Country.


Navajo Nation leaders headed to campus following fatal shooting
Navajo Nation leaders headed to campus following fatal shooting (October 9, 2015)

President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez want to make sure tribal members who attend Northern Arizona Universityfeel safe.


Navajo Nation to decide on fluency requirements for candidates
Navajo Nation to decide on fluency requirements for candidates (May 29, 2015)

The language issue generated significant controversy last year when presidential hopeful Chris Deschene was removed from the ballot.


Russell Begaye takes oath as new president of  Navajo Nation
Russell Begaye takes oath as new president of Navajo Nation (May 13, 2015)

It took longer than expected but the Navajo Nation finally has a new leadership team.


Navajo Nation candidate Russell Begaye names running mate
Navajo Nation candidate Russell Begaye names running mate (November 6, 2014)

Jonathan Nez represents communities in Arizona and Utah on the Navajo Nation Council.