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Navajo warn hospitals at ‘breaking point’ in worsening COVID-19 surge

WASHINGTON - With a shortage of beds, oxygen and staff, the Navajo Nation can no longer depend on regional aid and is sending critical patients farther afield for care, officials reported Thursday.


Navajo health director named to Biden’s advisory board on COVID-19

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden has said dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic will be one of the first orders of business for his administration, and the director of the Navajo Health Department will be there to advise him on it.


‘It’s creating a new normal’: A Navajo school district and its students fight to overcome amid COVID-19

PIÑON – Even in the best of times, Native American K-12 students have faced an uphill battle to getting a high school diploma. Now COVID has brought new challenges, but one district is doing everything it can to help its students persevere.


Ducey acts to reduce COVID risks from Thanksgiving travelers and winter visitors

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey and the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, Cara Christ, addressed concerns about holiday travel and assisting those most affected by the pandemic.


Navajo hemp investigation expands to federal marijuana, labor probe

WASHINGTON - A Navajo Nation probe of a controversial, Navajo-owned hemp operation has turned into a federal investigation into reports of marijuana production, interstate drug trafficking and violations of labor and child labor laws.


Pandemic shines light on complex coexistence of modern times, traditional ways on Navajo Nation

PHOENIX – People went to medicine men in Indian Country for help, exposing them to the virus and tensions between modern medicine and traditional ways.


Biden claims ‘clear victory’ as Arizonans await final vote counts in razor-thin election

PHOENIX – Amid celebrations on one side, and vows to keep fighting on the other, Arizonans on Sunday awaited final vote counts even as President-elect Joe Biden claimed a “clear victory."


The problem with plastics: Production outpacing efforts to keep it out of rivers, oceans

Arizona State is part of a monumental international study showing how our addiction to plastic is choking the planet’s oceans and waterways.


Judge denies early Pascua Yaqui voting site, ending years-long feud

WASHINGTON - The Pascua Yaqui Tribe will not get the early voting location it has been asking for since 2018, after a federal judge flatly denied the request he said would overburden an elections office "already stretched to its breaking point."


Glendale homeowners association orders removal of Black Lives Matter sign

GLENDALE – A Glendale HOA sent a violation notice to a homeowner for displaying a Black Lives Matter flag on her home, raising questions about the power of HOAs to dictate political expression.


Supreme Court’s Census ruling a ‘bitter pill’ to tribes, advocates

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court Tuesday said the Census Bureau can stop its count of the population, a blow to tribal leaders and local advocates for underrepresented communities in Arizona who said they would be hit hardest by an undercount.


Judge blocks ‘unlawful’ plan to end Census Monday; Arizona still lags

WASHINGTON - A federal judge reiterated her order Thursday that the Census Bureau continue its count until Oct. 31, saying plans to end on Monday were "erroneous ... unlawful" and they undermined the credibility of a count in which Arizona is lagging.