Bill to fund White Mountain Apache water project stalls – again

WASHINGTON - A bill to give the White Mountain Apache access to water-project funds stalled in the Senate over House language to exempt tribal businesses from National Labor Relations Board oversight, delaying a project the tribe has been trying to get off the ground since 2010.


Pascua Yaqui lead shift in tribal courts’ handling of domestic violence

WASHINGTON - A five-year-old law that let Native American tribes prosecute non-Natives in domestic violence cases "has fundamentally changed the landscape of tribal criminal jurisdiction in the modern era," according to a new report.


Death of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike may bring Amber Alert to Native American reservations

A federal bill that would bring the AMBER Alert system, which notifies citizens that a child is missing or abducted, to Native American reservations is to be decided by President Trump's signature.


Ryan Zinke, tribal leaders discuss solutions to Native American opioid epidemic

Ryan Zinke came to Arizona to meet with tribal leaders to discuss solutions for opioid crisis, which affects Native Americans on a high scale.


Tribes, hit hardest by opioid crisis, have least access to federal help

WASHINGTON - Rural Native Americans have been significantly harder hit by the opioid crisis than any group in the nation, and the problem may be even worse than that because of racial misclassification on death certificates, federal data show.

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Full circle: Urban Native American family keeps Apache traditions alive through hoop dancing

An award-winning hoop dancing family holds on to tradition and shares their culture through dance.


Hands, heart and feet: Havasupai children write letters urging Trump to ban canyon mining

The Village of Supai, located inside the Grand Canyon, believes that its water supply will be affected by a uranium mine that sits above its watershed. The tribe is now working to try to stop mine production.


House gives final OK to bill extending AMBER alerts to Indian Country

WASHINGTON - The House gave final approval to a bill that will give tribes direct access to funds that will let them quickly post AMBER alerts to counties within reservation borders, a moves sparked by the 2016 abduction of Navajo girl.


Claims of better tribal school oversight draw lawmakers’ skepticism

WASHINGTON - A Bureau of Indian Education official told a House panel that his agency is making "strong improvements" in the oversight of tribal schools, despite a long history of problems and proposed cuts to the bureau's budget - claims greeted skeptically by lawmakers.


Tribal leaders call on Washington to respect Native sovereignty

WASHINGTON - The federal tax overhaul passed last year is "completely unacceptable" to Native Americans, one more example of what happens when tribes are not included in federal decision-making, said a national tribal leader.


Finalists hope Native American vets memorial is place of honor, healing

WASHINGTON - The charge for the National Native American Veterans Memorial was daunting: Design a memorial that honors the contributions of every tribe to every war fought for the U.S. More than 100 took up the challenge, and five design finalists have been chosen.


New bill would prevent displaying ‘Redskins’ in Arizona public-funded stadiums

Local politicians hope to limit what they perceive as disparaging professional sports team logos in public-funded stadiums.