Indian Country

Advocates worry FCC changes to Lifeline could hit Indian Country hard

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission is moving to rein in a low-cost telephone service for low-income customers that critics say will hit Indian Country hard if fully implemented.


White Mountain Apache seek tweak to law to let water project advance

WASHINGTON - A White Mountain Apache leader told House members Thursday that the tribe desperately needs to "replace the failing and terminal groundwater well system," but that current Interior Department regulations are preventing the tribe from moving forward on the project.


As tax reform looms, tribal leaders complain about being left out – again

WASHINGTON - A day before House Republicans were expected to unveil their plan to overhaul the tax code, tribal leaders and senators complained Wednesday that Indian Country once again does not have a seat at the table.


Supreme Court won’t hear Arizona case on custody fight over tribal kids

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has refused to hear an Arizona case that pitted a non-Indian mother and Indian father against one another in a fight for custody of their children.

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Navajo, other tribes call land-use bill a step in the right direction

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders backed a House bill Wednesday that would give tribes the ability to control more of their land, instead of having to get federal approval for virtually any use.


Peabody says potential buyers could keep Navajo Generating Station open

WASHINGTON - Navajo leaders expressed hope Monday that the Navajo Generating Station will be able to continue operations past 2019, after Peabody Energy said it had come up with a list of potential investors in the plant.


Tribal Justice: Native Americans hope acknowledging the past will shape a better future

PHOENIX — Law students, professors and tribal members gathered recently at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law in downtown Phoenix to watch the new documentary "Tribal Justice."

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Sex trafficking in Indian Country a ‘significant problem,’ senators told

WASHINGTON - Sex-trafficking in Indian Country is a significant problem, with tribal women and children suffering at higher rates than the general population, a panel of experts and activists told a Senate committee Wednesday.


Tribal agencies cite progress on audit issues, senators want to see more

WASHINGTON - Leaders of federal agencies serving Indian Country told a Senate panel Wednesday they have made some progress on dozens of problems cited in Government Accountability Office audits, but lawmakers said much more needs to be done.


Ongoing problems land tribal oversight agencies on GAO ‘high-risk’ list

WASHINGTON - Federal agencies that oversee tribal schools, lands and health care still suffer from weak leadership, a lack of oversight and mismanaged resources, despite nearly a decade of prodding from the Government Accountability Office.


Majority of state’s Native Americans now speak only English at home

WASHINGTON - Families in more than half of Native American homes in Arizona now speak only English at home, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.


Lori Piestewa Native American Games honor legacy of fallen soldier

SCOTTSDALE -- To appreciate the spirit of the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games is to understand what occurs beyond the competition.