Indian Country

Shortage of Native American physicians creates concerns, elicits calls for action

PHOENIX – Dena Wilson never doubted what she wanted to do with her life while growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.


Navajo school instills resilience in Diné youth through language continuance efforts

WINDOW ROCK -- “Béédaałniih: Diné bizaad bídahwiil’aah. Táadoo biligáana k’ehjí yádaalłti’í. Ahéhee’."


State, tribe settle long-running feud over Glendale casino

WASHINGTON - State and tribal officials announced a settlement Wednesday of a long-running fight against the Tohono O'odham's Desert Diamond Casino West Valley, which survived years of legal and legislative challenges before opening in 2015.


Two spirits attempt to reclaim and embrace their identity

Kay Kisto remembers coming out in drag for the first time, wearing a dress in a parade on the Gila River Indian Reservation.


Hopi Jr./Sr. High School hires investigators to examine special education

Hopi Jr./Sr. High School, one of the few high schools serving students on the Hopi Reservation in Northern Arizona, has hired investigators to examine its special education program, according to Bertha Parker, a public relations consultant representing the school.


American Indian Disability Summit connects youth and unemployed with services, training

PHOENIX – Doctors diagnosed Greggory Ohannessian with autism, a disorder characterized by challenges with speech and social skills, when he was 6 years old. Throughout his teen years, aids assisted him in school. In college, his sister helped him with social cues in the classroom.


Arizona youth joins tribal officials to push for diabetes program funds

WASHINGTON - Alton Villegas offered an unusual call to action Wednesday for an 11-year-old boy: "Destroy the ice cream man."


Bill to exempt tribes from some labor oversight draws union concerns

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders called on Congress Wednesday to exempt their governments and government-run businesses from oversight by the National Labor Relations Board, a right they said is enjoyed by every other government in the country.


Court rejects cases on Navajo Generating Station impact, its closing

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court rejected two cases related to the Navajo Generating Station, one that aimed to tighten environmental restrictions on the coal-fired power plant and another questioned the process that calls for the plant's closure.


Oak Flat mine protesters march 40 miles on trail of opposition

SAN CARLOS – It’s a chilly Friday morning on highway AZ-170 on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.


A border runs through it: Tribes wary of wall on reservation land

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's proposal for a southwestern border wall would do more than separate two nations - it would split another nation in half, say tribal advocates.


Hard choices ahead as officials look at future of Navajo power plant

WASHINGTON - Despite pledges to look for alternatives, closing the Navajo Generating Station in Page could devastate the local economy, where hundreds of jobs rely on the plant and affiliated coal mine and where experts see few, if any, workable solutions.