Indian Country

Critics grill Haaland; backers point to historic nature of nomination

WASHINGTON - Republican senators tried to pin down Rep. Deb Haaland at a hearing on her nomination for Interior secretary, pushing her on fossil fuels and job losses they said would come from President Joe Biden's proposed energy policies.


Oklahoma works with tribes, Indian Health Service to distribute vaccines despite storms

As Oklahoma battles severe winter weather, state health officials and the Indian Health Service work to continue administering the coronavirus vaccine.

A blue-gloved hand holds a vial of a coronavirus vaccine.

State of tribal nations ‘strong’ despite crises, but feds need to help

WASHINGTON - The state of Indian nations is strong, but the federal government still needs to "come to terms with the right of tribal Nations to chart their own course and their rightful place," a tribal leader said Monday.


Oklahoma tribe volunteers pass out food boxes, supplies amid harsh winter weather

CARNEGIE – In sub-freezing weather conditions, more than 20 Kiowa tribal employees in Oklahoma volunteered to hand out food boxes for those in need.


Federal judge rejects Apache Stronghold request to block Oak Flat mine

WASHINGTON - A federal judge Friday refused to order a halt to the proposed Resolution Copper Mine on Oak Flat, land that opponents say is sacred to the Apache people and will be destroyed by the mine.


EPA awards $220 million for uranium mine cleanup on Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it will award contracts worth up to $220 million to three companies for the cleanup of some of the hundreds of abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation.


Pandemic prompts changes to HIV testing and treatment across Arizona

PHOENIX – The COVID-19 pandemic has forced local HIV service providers to get creative and adapt, launching such services as Zoom appointments, drive-thru, at-home and mobile testing.


Apache make emotional appeal to court to halt proposed copper mine

WASHINGTON - Members of Apache Stronghold told a federal district judge, in sometimes tearful testimony Wednesday, that a proposed copper mine at Oak Flat would destroy a "holy place" for Native Americans and needs to be stopped.


Murals in Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Arts District feature Indigenous and Latino artists

PHOENIX – Four Indigenous and Latino artists were chosen to exhibit their artwork quarterly on a shipping container near the Roosevelt Row Welcome Center in Phoenix.


Advocates, lawmakers hail Biden pledge to respect tribal sovereignty

WASHINGTON - Native American policy experts and Arizona lawmakers welcomed President Joe Biden’s order calling for stronger relations with tribal governments.


Pascua Yaqui win water funds, first of $150 million for Arizona projects

WASHINGTON - Pascua Yaqui Council members called it "a blessing" - the $900,000 in federal funds for a project to deliver irrigation water to the tribe's lands. It's the first project under a $150 million fund that state lawmakers won.


‘Kill the Indian, save the man’: Stories of Indian boarding schools still echo

WASHINGTON – Six rows of white tombstones stood firmly in the dewy Pennsylvania grass, bearing the names of children who lost their lives while being forced to assimilate to a new world.