Indian Country

COVID-19 in Arizona: 79 deaths sets record for single-day reporting

Hospital beds approach capacity as federal officials warn Arizona’s surge must be contained in the coming weeks.


For now, no border wall will split Cocopah reservation along the Colorado River

TUSCON – The Cocopah Indian Tribe has lived along the river delta for centuries.


Tribal leaders say border wall, other projects continue to threaten sacred, historic sites

PHOENIX - As President Donald Trump was hailing the pace of border wall construction Tuesday, Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. was bemoaning a project he says continues "to destroy … sacred sites.” Norris was one of five tribal leaders talking about the threats to sacred sites.


Two Arizona tribes, advocacy group join suits over EPA’s clean-water rule rollback

PHOENIX - Two Arizona tribes and a Phoenix-based advocacy group joined a pair of lawsuits this week to reverse a Trump administration clean-water rule that critics said would open the "vast majority of Arizona’s waterways" to pollution and degradation.


Native American groups address mental and behavioral health as COVID-19 wears on

PHOENIX – As coronavirus ravages the Navajo Nation and other Native American communities, experts are worried about the effects on mental health, and they’re going online to address those concerns.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Gila River hotels, casinos close for two weeks after worker death

PHOENIX – Mask requirements are in development by city and county leaders, and other headlines from around the Grand Canyon State.


Census field workers back on Navajo Nation, with work cut out for them

Experts can cite any number of historical and logistical reasons why Native Americans have relatively low response rates to the Census, but they point to a very new, and very specific challenge this year - COVID-19, which has hit tribes hard while keeping enumerators out of the field..


COVID-19 in Arizona: Case numbers break daily record set four days earlier

PHOENIX – As Arizona faces thousands of new cases over the past week, experts blame an increase in public outings and raise fears of more hospitalizations.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Some restaurants close again, masks in public remain optional despite rise in cases

PHOENIX – Despite a steady rise in cases and several business closures due to the pandemic, Gov. Doug Ducey has not required Arizonans to wear masks in public.


Curfew curtailing casinos? Don’t bet on it, owners say

After being closed for months by COVID-19, casinos around Arizona had just started to reopen when a statewide dusk-to-dawn curfew took effect Sunday. But casinos around the state said their hours are unchanged, curfew or no curfew.


Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks

PHOENIX - Arizona tribal leaders told House lawmakers Tuesday that moves to reopen national parks are being made without needed health safety measures to protect tribal members or park visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Navajo COVID curve flattens, but leaders fear post-holiday spike in cases

PHOENIX – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says the curve of positive cases on the reservation has begun to flatten, and officials announce another weekend curfew.