Indian Country

Advocates to fight Redskins’ name, despite court ruling in similar case

WASHINGTON - Native American advocates vowed Monday to continue their fight against the "racist" name of the Washington Redskins, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that use of such names is protected by the First Amendment.


Despite $1.2 billion in purchases, tribal land buy-back ‘treading water’

WASHINGTON - The Interior Department has "not accomplished much" in its program to buy up marginal Indian lands and return them to tribes, despite spending two-thirds of a $1.9 billion fund for the program, a department official said recently.


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.