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Congress gave citizenship to Native Americans a century ago, but voting rights would come decades later

WASHINGTON – It’s been 100 years since Native Americans gained U.S. citizenship, but voting rights came much later. Arizona was the last state with an outright ban on voting for Native Americans.

Calvin Coolidge, center in a white suit, poses with a group of Native Americans outside the White House in 1927. (Photo courtesy of Library of Congress)

Social equity: Critics say Arizona’s cannabis program did ‘exact opposite’ of what voters intended

PHOENIX – Arizona legalized recreational marijuana and established a social equity ownership program. Critics say the state failed to establish a fair program. We explain how it happened.

Alicia Deals, left, checks in on her colleague, who goes by K.T., while he sorts and packs online orders, on June 3, 2024, at the Cookies dispensary in Tempe. (Photo by Stella Subasic/Cronkite News)

Blood, sweat and stories: Preserving culture and history through lowriding

PHOENIX – There is a deeper story within the chrome and bright colors of the lowrider culture. A local car club member and Phoenix artists talk about the deeper meaning of lowrider culture and its role in preserving Chicano culture.

Lowriders in downtown Phoenix are adorned with Chicano, Mexican and Mexican American symbols, such as the serape, a traditional blanket, and the rosary, on April 13, 2024. (Photo by David Ulloa Jr./Cronkite News)

Honoring heritage: Mercury’s Diana Taurasi pays homage to roots on Dia Latina amid skid-snapping win

PHOENIX – Phoenix Mercury legend Diana Taurasi discusses growing up in a Latina household, how that shaped her loyalty to Phoenix and how the Valley’s strong Hispanic population has led to her long list of successes.

Phoenix Mercury Diana Taurasi hit seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 31 points against the Los Angeles Sparks at Footprint Center. (Photo by Shirell Washington/Cronkite News)

Government report confirms that border agencies lose migrant belongings

WASHINGTON – A recent GAO report investigated complaints of border agents mishandling and throwing away migrant’s personal belongings. The report addressed these complaints and recommends new guidelines. Advocacy groups say migrants have lost vital documents.

Migrants are placed in holding facilities before they are returned to Mexico. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

From niche to norm: Sports betting’s relentless expansion grips Arizona and the nation

PHOENIX – States across the nation have seen massive growth in handle and revenue, including Arizona. With the factors that have led to the growth along with big market holdouts with untapped potential, there may be no end in sight for the industry’s boom.

Sports betting has transitioned from an illegal niche activity to an integral part of the modern live sports experience, generating billions in revenue across the United States. (File photo by Michael DeStasio/Cronkite News)

Border shelters stave off ‘homelessness on steroids,’ but funding worries remain

TUCSON - Shelters like Casas Alitas in Tucson prevent what one official said could be "homelessness on steroids," by caring for hundreds of asylum seekers who arrive daily with little more than the clothes on their backs. But funding for such programs almost ran out this year.


Northern Arizona University research team addresses disparities in access to autism services

FLAGSTAFF – Olivia Lindly, an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University, is leading a research project highlighting disparities in access to autism services. This work will focus on inequitable care experienced by Latino, Black or American Indian and Alaska Native children with autism.

Families with autistic children gathered at a collaborative event put on by the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix and the Arizona Coyotes Foundation in July 2022. (Photo courtesy of Olivia Fryer)

Deaf community is divided over how cochlear implants affect deaf identity and culture

PHOENIX – Cochlear implants have sparked controversy about deaf culture and identity for decades. Some say they treat deafness as a disability that needs to be fixed and undermine the use of American Sign Language. One woman who got the implants says she was grateful to alleviate some of the hearing loss she’s suffered from her whole life.

Adult Loss of Hearing Association’s (from left) executive board member Sue Vardon, donor match partner Pat Clinch and Board President Cynthia Amerman pose for a portrait at the Adult Loss of Hearing Association in Tucson on May 11, 2023. (Photo courtesy of Cynthia Amerman)

Texas Tech Health El Paso program helps high school students go to medical school in state, aims to relieve statewide doctor shortage

EL PASO, Texas – As Texas faces a doctor shortage, a new program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso gives prospective medical students resources to encourage them to pursue their education and practice in state.

Makena Piñon, right, and Luke Briggs, freshmen at the University of Texas at El Paso, in a medical simulation lab at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. (Photo by Jack Orleans/Cronkite News)

A new intermediary: How AI may impact libraries, research and information retrieval

PHOENIX – Cataloging and research are major areas in librarianship that artificial intelligence can automate and potentially improve. But librarians are grappling with the impact of AI on the fundamental role of librarians, user privacy and information literacy.

A computer used to find books and media at Litchfield Park Library on April 18, 2024. Integrating artificial intelligence into library services may change the way information is retrieved and categorized. (Photo by Kayla Mae Jackson/Cronkite News)

Arizona ranks 49th in nation for access to adult mental health care

PHOENIX – Mental Health America ranked Arizona 49th on its national list for adult mental health care, indicating a higher prevalence of mental illness and lower access to care within the state.

The Arizona Department of Health Services’ Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix provides “the highest and most restrictive” level of care in the state, according to AZDHS. (Photo by Crystal Aguilar/Cronkite News)