Navajo Nation, Shelly
Mar 23, 2023

Former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly ‘put others first’

Former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, who pushed ambitious projects that included purchasing a coal mine, building an aerial tram into the Grand Canyon and reaching a water rights settlement with Arizona, has died.

water, tribes, Navajo Nation, drought, Lake Powell, Lake Mead, water rights, Biden administration, Colorado River, Supreme Court
Mar 20, 2023

Supreme Court seems split in Navajo Nation water rights case

The Supreme Court seemed split Monday as it weighed a dispute involving the federal government and the Navajo Nation's quest for water from the drought-stricken Colorado River.

water, Navajo Nation, drought, Supreme Court, lawsuit, Colorado River, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, California
Mar 17, 2023

Feds want justices to end Navajo fight for Colorado River water

States that rely on water from the over-tapped Colorado River want the U.S. Supreme Court to block a lawsuit from the Navajo Nation that could upend how water is shared in the Western U.S.

water, drought, Colorado River
Feb 23, 2022

Empowering tribes can help address drought

Amelia Flores, chairwoman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, recently wrote: “The Colorado River Indian Tribes have been the stewards of the river since long before the dams were built, and the settlers entered the basin.”  The group of four tribes located primarily in western Arizona has significant rights to Colorado River water. But as […]

Feb 24, 2020

Navajo Nation needs no school vouchers or meddling of any kind

The fact that some non-Native politicians at the state Capitol are taking it upon themselves to change the laws around tribal nations and tribal education for Indigenous students is unnecessary, unwelcome and frankly uninformed.

May 13, 2015

Navajo president pledges to walk road to true sovereignty

Russell Begaye was sworn in Tuesday as president of the Navajo Nation, agreeing to support several of his predecessor's projects including an aerial tram at the east rim of the Grand Canyon and a rail port that could export agriculture and coal from the reservation.

Oct 15, 2013

Northern Arizona tourism feeling impact of Grand Canyon shutdown

Grand Canyon river-rafting guides were having a good season this year. And then the calendar turned to October.

Court overturns ruling against state on fund raid
Sep 25, 2013

Arizona ruling: Reach of sex offender law is limited

An Arizona appellate court has ruled that Native Americans living on tribal reservations generally can't be prosecuted under state law for failing to register as sex offenders.

Aug 16, 2013

Path of Begay

New senator has lived in many homes far from his district

By all accounts, new state Sen. Carlyle Begay is highly qualified for public office.

He has impressed lawmakers, county and city officials and even the Governor’s Office with his credentials as a student of public health. And he boasts extensive work with American Indian communities as the vice president of [...]

A worker hoses down the worksite to keep down dust at the uranium transfer site cleanup in Cove, Ariz., this fall. (Photo courtesy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
Dec 21, 2012

Uranium cleanup on Navajo Nation complicated by scope, history of problem

For seven weeks this fall, workers and scientists labored from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., six days a week, digging up and hauling off thousands of cubic yards of uranium-tainted soil in Cove, Ariz., and sealing what remained.

Apr 16, 2012

Intense legal fight over proposed Glendale casino moves to 9th Circuit

The fight over whether a Southern Arizona tribe can build a massive casino near Glendale’s entertainment district moved to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. The city is contesting a trial court’s decision to uphold the Department of Interior’s decision to create reservation land out of 54 acres of unincorporated land near 95th and Northern avenues. The Tohono O’odham tribe w[...]