Indian Country

House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers questioned administration officials Wednesday on what they are doing to deal with the problem of missing and murdered indigenous women - and they weren't always satisfied with the answers.

Navajo council votes to oppose possible HUD limits on home-loan program

WASHINGTON - The Navajo Nation Council voted unanimously Thursday to oppose a HUD draft plan that critics say could put income restrictions for the first time on applicants to the Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program, but which HUD says has been misinterpreted.

Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program

WASHINGTON - Time is running out for Navajo landowners who want to take part in the second round of a $1.9 billion federal program to buy back scattered and isolated parcels of land on the Navajo Nation. Friday is the last dayNew Mexico residents to apply while those in Arizona and Utah have until Sept. 30.

Native American history in Washington – it’s more than just a museum

WASHINGTON - Search for "Native American landmark in D.C." and you're likely to get the National Museum of the American Indian - and little else. But a new app highlights 17 sites for tourists, from the Iwo Jima Memorial to Congressional Cemetery, with Native American links..

Barr orders resumption of federal executions; Navajo among those targeted

WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr ordered a resumption of federal executions and named a Navajo double-murderer as one of the first five death-row inmates who will be put to death. Lezmond Mitchell is scheduled to be executed Dec. 11 with a fatal injection of pentobarbital.

House panel OKs bills to rein in mining around Grand Canyon, elsewhere

WASHINGTON - Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee beat back a series of GOP amendments before advancing bills to restrict mining around the Grand Canyon and on tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico, and rein in uranium mining.

Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy,’ lawmakers told

WASHINGTON - The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency needs because - like millions of residents in rural communities - it lacks affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband, a tribal councilwoman told House lawmakers in a hearing on rural broadband.