Indian Country

‘Kill the Indian, save the man’: Stories of Indian boarding schools still echo

WASHINGTON – Six rows of white tombstones – each belonging to a child who died while attending the Carlisle Indian Industrial School – stood firmly in the dewy Pennsylvania grass, bearing the names of children who lost their lives while being forced to assimilate to a new world.


Cherokee Trail of Tears just one of many forced removals of Eastern tribes to Oklahoma

WASHINGTON – The Trail of Tears, the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma, was one of the most inhumane policy implementations in American history – but it was not an isolated incident.


Lending a hand(print): Athletes raise awareness for missing, murdered Indigenous women

PHOENIX –Although it is a national cause, athletes around Arizona have taken part in the movement to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).


Prom dress calling attention to missing, murdered Indigenous women added to Smithsonian exhibit

WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian National Museum of American History contacted Isabella Aiukli Cornell, a member of the Choctaw Nation, about including her prom gown in a new exhibit called "Girlhood". The gown calls attention to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s movement.


Tribal leaders optimistic about Biden; Haaland nomination a good start

WASHINGTON - The federal government may not have a stellar track record when it comes to keeping promises with Native Americans, but tribal leaders in Arizona said they think, and hope, President-elect Joe Biden could be the exception.


How a small Arizona town saved itself from the COVID-19 food crisis

Ajo, Arizona, is an unincorporated community 110 miles south of Phoenix. It borders the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation, serving as a hub for supplies for some of the 7,500 people who live on the reservation. The Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a nonprofit working in agricultural education, culturally appropriate food and economic development. When the coronavirus pandemic hit Ajo, the shelves of its one grocery story were cleaned out. The organization's all Native American board stepped up to feed its community.


‘I am that character’: New Marvel heroes battle underrepresentation of Native Americans in comics

FLAGSTAFF – Marvel releases new comic book about indigenous heroes


Three Arizona tribal leaders on diverse slate of 11 electoral voters

WASHINGTON - The slate of 11 Democratic electors who will cast Arizona's Electoral College votes Monday for President-elect Joe Biden includes, for the first time, leaders of three tribes: the Gila River Indian Community, Navajo Nation and Tohono O'odham Nation.


Pandemic, Trump and racism drive voter turnout in some tribal communities

Native American voters say they were driven to vote by COVID-19, racism and President Trump’s disregard for sacred tribal land.


Navajo program again distributes reservation coal to heat tribal homes

WASHINGTON - For the fifth straight year, the Community Heating Resource Program is helping Navajo residents stay warm through fall and winter months by distributing coal to tribe members for free from the Navajo Mine - one ton at a time.


No cold elders: Volunteers provide firewood for Navajo families ahead of winter

Because many Navajo rely on firewood to heat their homes, volunteers with the nonprofit Chizh for Cheii provide elders across the reservation with free firewood.


Navajo warn hospitals at ‘breaking point’ in worsening COVID-19 surge

WASHINGTON - With a shortage of beds, oxygen and staff, the Navajo Nation can no longer depend on regional aid and is sending critical patients farther afield for care, officials reported Thursday.