Indian Country

Tribal leaders bring litany of needs to hearing on federal funding

WASHINGTON - To the Tohono O'odham, it's schools and health care. To the Hopi, it's a badly needed jail improvements. Those were among the laundry list of needs outlined at a hearing on federal facilities in Indian Country, a situation that one lawmaker called a "travesty."


Transitioning from coal is the goal – how to get there is the question

WASHINGTON – Navajo and Hopi witnesses agreed the region needs to move away from its economic dependence on coal, but specific proposals on how to get there remained elusive after a House hearing Tuesday.


Unfinished border barriers harm environment, National Park Service, Arizona rancher say

ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT – Fifth-generation rancher Kelly Glenn-Kimbro and the National Park Service’s Rijk Morawe agree that Trump’s border wall – as it stands – has failed to secure the southern border but has significantly damaged landscapes and habitat.


Mass effort across Arizona results in millions of vaccinations

PHOENIX – From university campuses to the Navajo reservation, doctors, nurses, members of the armed services and everyday volunteers have participated in an enormous vaccination effort to help Arizonans return to normal life.


Tribal police may detain non-tribal members, Supreme Court rules

WASHINGTON - Tribal police have the authority to detain non-Natives traveling through reservation land if the officer has a reasonable belief that the suspect violated state or federal law, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.


Native-owned SkyDance Brewing moving to its own location

Oklahoma’s first Native American-owned brewing company, inspired by the recipes of the owner’s father, will open an independent location this summer.


Fight over Oak Flat mine draws support of diverse religious groups

WASHINGTON - The Oak Flat copper mine battle has gone from an environmental to a religious fight, with groups ranging from the Sikh Coalition to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints backing a White Mountain Apache claim that the mine will destroy sacred lands.


Muscogee Nation drops colonial era name in rebranding

Leaders of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation say they are dropping “Creek” from the tribe’s name as part of a rebranding effort. But not all members are on board, and some say their identity is being stripped away from them.


A Community’s Response: Reflections from the White Mountain Apache Tribe a year into the COVID-19 pandemic

WHITERIVER – COVID-19 devastated Native American communities. With the spotlight often on places like the Navajo Nation, the much smaller White Mountain Apache Tribe quietly battled to save its people.


Run the land: Native women across the U.S. take to the roads and trails

TUCSON – A Navajo woman started an Instagram account that became a global running community. Now, Native Women Running inspires Indigenous women around the world.


Tribal officials outline infrastructure gap ‘big as the Grand Canyon’

WASHINGTON - Tribes face a digital divide "as big as the Grand Canyon" and a "not even quantifiable" lack of utility access, just two of the problems outlined at a House hearing Wednesday on infrastructure needs in Indian Country.


Mural honors resilience, spirit and future of Salt River Pima-Maricopa people

PHOENIX – A black and white portrait of a teenager from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community adorns the Monroe Building in downtown Phoenix.