Navajo Nation

Sierra Club, report card, Sandy Bahr, Hobbs, Legislature
Aug 31, 2023

Sierra Club report card lauds environmental funding, laments climate inaction

The Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter Wednesday released its fall 2023 Environmental Report Card for the Arizona Legislature and governor, and though the organization gave a majority of the state’s legislators negative marks for climate inaction, it praised the state budget’s climate initiatives.

Native Americans, Medicaid scam, Blackfeet Nation, rehabilitation center
Aug 22, 2023

Fake Arizona rehab centers scam Native Americans far from home, officials warn during investigations

Autumn Nelson said she was seeking help for alcohol addiction last spring when fellow members of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana suggested a rehabilitation center in Phoenix, far to the south.

BlackFeet Nation, Medicaid scam, Arizona, Montana
Aug 2, 2023

Blackfeet tribe of Montana declares emergency over Medicaid scam that lured members to Arizona

A widespread Medicaid scam that left an unknown number of Native Americans homeless in metro Phoenix is being declared a public health state of emergency by the Blackfeet Nation of Montana after the Navajo Nation took similar action in June.

Covid, Navajo Nation, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine, Arizona, pandemic
Jul 27, 2023

Doctor who led Covid response for Navajo Nation in Arizona to become Maine CDC director

A doctor who led the successful Covid response in the Navajo Nation in Arizona is returning to Maine to serve as director of the state Center for Disease Control and Prevention, officials said Thursday.

Navajo Nation, oil and gas,
Jul 14, 2023

Oil and gas withdrawal stirs debate over economic costs for Native American tribe

Some Republican members of Congress on Thursday denounced the Biden administration's recent move to withdraw hundreds of square miles of federal land in New Mexico from oil and gas development, offering their support instead to legislation that would unravel the ban.

Navajo Nation, water, pipeline
Jul 13, 2023

Navajo president presses Congress for more time, money, for water project

Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren asked senators Wednesday for more funding, and time, for a pipeline project that would create a reliable water supply for 250,000 people across Arizona and New Mexico.

Lake Powell, Colorado River
Jul 4, 2023

At Lake Powell, record low water levels revealed an ‘amazing silver lining’

If you want to see the Colorado River change in real time, head to Lake Powell.

broadband, high-speed internet, Hobbs
Jun 27, 2023

Arizona gets $1 billion for broadband, part of $43 billion federal program

Arizona will get just under $1 billion in federal funding for high-speed internet access improvement, part of more than $42.45 billion released Monday by the Commerce Department.

Colorado River, drought, water w
Jun 22, 2023

Supreme Court rules against Navajo Nation in Colorado River water rights case

The Supreme Court ruled against the Navajo Nation on Thursday in a dispute involving water from the drought-stricken Colorado River.

Native American children, Indian Child Welfare Act, U.S. Supreme Court,
Jun 15, 2023

Supreme Court preserves law that aims to keep Native American children with tribal families

The Supreme Court on Thursday preserved the system that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings of Native children, rejecting a broad attack from some Republican-led states and white families who argued it is based on race.

fake sober living homes, Navajo Nation, Phoenix,
Jun 13, 2023

Hundreds of tribal members, mostly Navajo, living on Phoenix streets amid fake sober home crackdown

Navajo law enforcement teams made contact with several hundred Native Americans from various tribes who are living on the streets in the metro Phoenix area, after the state cracked down on Medicaid fraud and suspended unlicensed sober living homes, Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch said Monday.

Navajo, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, House Natural Resources
Jun 8, 2023

Landless San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe could finally get its own homeland

It’s long past time for Congress to ratify the treaty so that San Juan Southern Paiute tribal members are no longer treated like strangers in their ancestral homeland, tribal President Johnny Lehi Jr. testified on June 7.