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COVID-19

article Analysis: Native Americans infected with COVID-19 at higher rates in Arizona
(7/10/2020)
(Arizona) -- A New York Times analysis of Center for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that Arizona counties with available race-based data stand out as having...
article ASU alumni deliver COVID-19 relief for Native American communities
(7/10/2020)
(Arizona) -- The First Peoples' COVID-19 Resource Drive is an initiative to supply much needed supplies to tribal communities struggling with the impact of the...
article As Arizona COVID Cases Surge From Reopening, Indigenous Nations Suffer
(7/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- In the days before Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey changed course by urging people to stay home, Scottsdale city councilman Guy Phillips donned a face covering and...
article Higley football player leads pandemic relief effort for Native Americans in northern Arizona
(7/1/2020)
(Arizona) -- Gilbert Higley defensive end Stephen Louis couldn't watch the news coming out of northern Arizona and not do something. His mother is Navajo and...
article Tribes extend ‘stay-at-home’ order to July 31
(6/30/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Colorado River Indian Tribes has extended their ‘stay-at-home’ order through July 31. This comes as the Tribes are seeing an increasing...
article Hard-hit Maricopa County isn't following CDC guidelines for COVID-19 contact tracing
(6/27/2020)
(Arizona) -- Maricopa County public health officials aren't conducting COVID-19 case investigations or contact tracing that meet federal guidelines, as cases in the...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation reports 61 more COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths
(7/10/2020)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 61 more coronavirus cases and four additional known deaths. Tribal Department of Health officials say 8,042...
article Navajo Nation Reports 40 More COVID-19 Cases, 3 More Deaths
(7/9/2020)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 40 more coronavirus cases and three additional known deaths. Tribal Department of Health officials said 7,981...
article Navajo Nation leaders approve first expenditures of $714 million in federal COVID-19 aid
(7/9/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation's leaders over the weekend approved the tribe's first expenditures of more than $60 million in federal COVID-19 aid, about two...
article Navajo Nation COVID-19 Cases Continue To Decline
(7/8/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation continues to record new cases of coronavirus but overall numbers are still declining on the reservation. The tribe reported 27 additional...
article Navajo Nation reports 71 more COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths
(7/5/2020)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 71 additional cases of COVID-19 and two more known deaths. A total of 7,804 people on the vast reservation that...
article Doreen Garlid sworn in as Tempe's first Native American council member
(7/4/2020)
(Arizona) -- Doreen Garlid was sworn in Thursday as the first Native American member of the Tempe City Council. Garlid took the oath of office during a virtual ceremony...
article 'Alarming rise' in COVID-19 cases around Navajo Nation leads to more weekend curfews
(7/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation on Tuesday extended its 57-hour weekend-long curfews to three more weekends in July due to an "alarming rise" in new coronavirus...
article Ilion's Remington Arms is nearing bankruptcy
(7/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- Remington Arms Co., which employs about 1,000 people in the Herkimer County village of Ilion and is the nation’s oldest gun maker, is said to be close...
article Navajo Nation reports 17 additional COVID-19 cases, 1 death
(7/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 17 additional cases of coronavirus with one additional death. That put the number of positive COVID-19 cases on...
article 'We tried to be so careful': Navajo rancher and retired nurse dies from COVID-19
(7/1/2020)
(Arizona) -- Kayla Pinkard clearly remembers the time when she and her grandmother Helen Nez got their truck stuck in the mud near the border of New Mexico. Pinkard'...
article BLOG: History of Navajo Turquoise
(7/1/2020)
(Arizona) -- Known as the ‘stone of life,’ the turquoise stone holds great value and significance among the Navajo people, a Native American tribe from the...
article Smoke Advisory Issued For Navajo Nation Residents Near Wildfire
(7/1/2020)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have issued a smoke advisory for communities close to a 9,000-acre wildfire near Ganado. The Wood Springs Two Fire is...
article Navajo Nation Gaming Extends Casino Closures Until July 27th
(6/30/2020)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Gaming’s Board of Directors has decided to keep all casino facilities closed until July 27th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
article Navajo Nation Calls for 3 Additional Weekend Lockdowns in July to Help Flatten the Curve
(6/30/2020)
(Arizona) -- Coupled with a surge of COVID-19 cases in Arizona and on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Navajo Nation officials on Tuesday have extended a state of...
article Navajos concerned with COVID-19 spikes in surrounding areas
(6/30/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has extended the closure of tribal government offices and ordered residents to stay home for another three weeks as the number of...
article As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer more COVID-19
(6/30/2020)
(Arizona) -- In the days before Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey changed course by urging people to stay home, Scottsdale city councilman Guy Phillips donned a face covering and...
article Navajo Nation receives $714 million in federal CARES Act funding
(6/30/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation received $714,189,631 June 26 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The funds are part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and...
article For Navajo Nation In Arizona, The Election Process Is Complicated And Problematic
(6/29/2020)
(Arizona) -- Tonalea on the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona is the hometown of Darrell Marks. His mother and grandmother still live there. "That's about 5...
article Navajo Officials Urge Residents To Stay Home As Cases Decline
(6/29/2020)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials continue to urge residents not to travel off the reservation in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. They say positive cases on...
article Firearms manufacturer Remington in talks to sell to Navajo Nation
(6/29/2020)
(Arizona) -- Gun manufacturer Remington Arms Co. is in talks with the Navajo Nation about a possible purchase of the company. News about the possible purchase of the...
article Wildfire On Navajo Nation Forces Evacuations And Road Closures
(6/29/2020)
(Arizona) -- A lightning-caused wildfire near Wood Springs on the Navajo Nation has forced the evacuation of some residents in the area. Navajo Nation fire officials say...
article Navajo Nation reports 94 more COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths
(6/28/2020)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Department of Health has reported 94 additional positive cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation with 12 more known deaths. That pushes the total...
article Navajo Nation Council gives the green light for CARES Act bill
(6/27/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council passed a modified version of legislation that called for using a portion of $600 million the tribe received from the federal...
23 Total Articles on this Issue

Redskins

article ‘Symbol of erasure, exploitation, racism’: Arizona community reacts to Washington nickname controversy
(7/10/2020)
(Arizona) -- Amid pressure from sponsors including Nike and FedEx, Washington’s NFL team is undergoing discussions to change its name, a move some prominent voices...
1 Article on this Issue

White Mountain Apache

article Fort Apache imposes fire restrictions on reservation
(7/10/2020)
(Arizona) -- Executive Order No. 07202001: The Office of the Chairwoman hereby implements the following restrictions, pursuant to authority vested in the Chairwoman of...
article White Mountain Apache To Receive $3 Million To Help Fight COVID-19
(7/6/2020)
(Arizona) -- The federal government has granted the White Mountain Apache Tribe $3 million to respond to the coronavirus. More than one eighth of the White Mountain...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Lake Powell Pipeline Route Runs Through Sacred Land, Says Southern Paiute Tribe
(7/9/2020)
(Arizona) -- Draft plans for the Lake Powell Pipeline have the project running through sacred and culturally significant lands to the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians. The...
1 Article on this Issue

Gila River

article Area casinos reopen after adding new virus safeguards
(7/8/2020)
(Arizona) -- Three area Gila River Hotels & Casinos locations are back in business after they closed for two weeks following the death of an employee from COVID-19....
article Gila River casinos to reopen with new safety measures following employee COVID-19 death
(7/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- Gila River Hotels & Casinos will reopen its properties on Thursday for the second time since the COVID-19 outbreak. The casinos, which include Lone...
article Gila River Hotels & Casinos reopening with enhanced safety protocols
(7/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- Gila River Gaming Enterprises Inc. announced its facilities will reopen on Thursday with enhanced safety and sanitation protocols in place. Gila River...
article Gila River Hotels and Casinos to reopen 3 locations Thursday
(7/1/2020)
(Arizona) -- About a month after a security guard who worked at Gila River Casino died due to COVID-19, all three of the Gila River casinos are set to reopen on Thursday...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

CARES act

article Clarity For CARES Act:
(7/7/2020)
(Arizona) -- Tribes are faced with complex CARES Act requirements and with it a need to spend funds quickly. Our team of tribal leaders, tribal professionals and subject...
1 Article on this Issue

Fort McDowell

article Fort McDowell takes measures to combat spread of COVID-19
(7/7/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has closed its tribal operations again due to the COVID-19 outbreak. A resolution approved by the Tribal Council on June 30...
article Fort McDowell renews COVID orders
(7/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has closed its tribal operations again due to the COVID-19 outbreak. A resolution approved by the Tribal Council on June 30...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Gold mine along Hassayampa River may imperil tribal cultural, riparian sites
(7/7/2020)
(Arizona) -- Wendy Hodgson scaled a steep scree-covered slope in the upper Hassayampa River canyon. “We’re going up to meet this agave,” she said....
article Feds, company say valid mining claims not needed for Rosemont Mine OK
(6/27/2020)
(Arizona) -- A federal judge misread federal laws and regulations last year by overturning approval of the Rosemont Mine, the U.S. government and the mining company...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Arizona Gaming

article Casinos and Poker Rooms open, despite rise in Covid-19 cases—siting measures to “safely” operate.
(7/5/2020)
(Arizona) -- Many casinos and poker rooms have reopened around the country despite the Covid-19 lockdowns. In Arizona, the Talking Stick Resort, which reopened on June...
1 Article on this Issue

Marijuana & Hemp

article Hemp farm neighbors complain of smell, lights, use of water
(7/3/2020)
(Arizona) -- It’s not easy being Dineh Benally’s neighbor. Loretta Bennett and Marietta Lister live down a narrow road in Shiprock and for years it’s...
1 Article on this Issue

Colorado River Indian Tribes

article Former CRIT Vice Chairman Booth dies
(7/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- Former Colorado River Indian Tribes Vice Chairman Elliot Booth died on June 27, 2020. During his time in that and other Tribal public service positions, he...
article Coronavirus testing opportunities for Tribal members
(6/29/2020)
(Arizona) -- Members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes can get a free test for the coronavirus from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1 at the...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Law Enforcement & Security

article Honoring Tribal member Jordan Stevens who died in YCSO custody
(7/1/2020)
(Arizona) -- Several members in the community gathered Wednesday morning outside of the Yuma County Superior Courthouse to protest and demand answers for beloved Tribal...
1 Article on this Issue

Mascot Issue

article OP/ED: No, Indian School Road isn't derogatory. Ask the people who matter
(7/1/2020)
(Arizona) -- Three years after the idea was first floated, Robert E. Lee Street and Squaw Peak Drive may finally fade into history. The Phoenix City Council is scheduled...
1 Article on this Issue

Havasupai Tribe

article Havasu falls are off limits to river rafters during COVID lockdown, Havasupai Tribe says
(6/28/2020)
(Arizona) -- Arizona’s Havasupai Falls have been closed to tourists since March 16 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and the Havasupai Tribe issued another...
1 Article on this Issue

LGBTQ

article 'We are sacred together': Diné Pride Cruise celebrates Pride Month on Navajo Nation
(6/28/2020)
(Arizona) -- Krystle Headley wrote "love" in large blue letters on the back window of her vehicle while her sister, Nicole Begay, held the bisexual community...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Tribal College Will Offer Nearly All Fall Courses Online
(7/9/2020)
(Arizona) -- A college on the Navajo Nation plans to offer nearly all of its courses online this fall and says it is instituting safety and technology measures to help...
article Former Indian Trevor Crowe charged with lying on his taxes involving gambling business
(7/3/2020)
(Arizona) -- Former Indians outfielder Trevor Crowe was charged Thursday with failing to report income gained from an illegal gambling business. Crowe was accused in U.S...
article Arizona reels as three of the biggest wildfires in its history ravage state
(7/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- For residents of Tucson in southern Arizona, the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Coronado national forest are known as a hub for hiking, mountain biking and...
article Phoenix City Council initiates process to change 'offensive' street names
(7/1/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Phoenix City Council took a major step on Wednesday to rename two street names that many have called offensive and derogatory. Council members...
article Unsung Heroes: 2019 Citizens of the Year
(7/1/2020)
(Arizona) -- Rose Toehe often thinks back to a short moment she shared with her ninth grade science teacher Mr. Fox in Shiprock, New Mexico. As she and her friends were...
article Diné College professor Jake Skeets continues to rack up national honors
(6/30/2020)
(Arizona) -- Jake Skeets, a three-year veteran of the Diné College teaching system, was recently named Faculty of the Year by the American Indian College Fund (AICF)....
article ASU holds supply drive for Arizona tribal lands hit hard by COVID-19
(6/25/2020)
(Arizona) -- Volunteers from the Arizona State University community, along with the First People's COVID Resource Drive, held a supply drive on campus Thursday morning....
article Tribes' human remains and cultural items have been scattered across the U.S. Here's how they get returned
(6/25/2020)
(Arizona) -- Alida Monteil was visiting an Arizona museum several years ago when she encountered an exhibit that shocked her. “I remember seeing human remains,...
article Tribal leaders say border wall, Pinal mine continue to threaten sacred sites
(6/24/2020)
(Arizona) -- As President Donald Trump was hailing the pace of border wall construction Tuesday, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. was bemoaning it as a...
article Americares sends coronavirus supplies to Native American communities
(6/24/2020)
(Arizona) -- To help the Native American community, which has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic, Stamford-based Americares has shipped 20 tons of...
article Native nations are fighting COVID-19 on many levels
(6/23/2020)
(Arizona) -- COVID-19 has exacerbated infrastructure vulnerabilities in Indian Country and has brought attention to myriad issues that advocacy hasn’t been able to...
article Cocopah Tribal Council Vice-Chairman passes away
(6/23/2020)
(Arizona) -- Vice-Chair of the Cocopah Indian Tribal Council J Deal Begay Jr. passed away at Yuma Regional Medical Center on Sunday, June 21, 2020, according to the...
article Robert E. Lee Street, Squaw Peak Drive: Phoenix to start process that could rename streets with offensive names
(6/19/2020)
(Arizona) -- The city is starting a process that could change two Phoenix street names long criticized as offensive and racist. The Phoenix City Council is initiating a...
article Phoenix mayor wants to change 'offensive' names of two Valley streets
(6/18/2020)
(Arizona) -- Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego says she wants to change the names of two Valley streets. In a tweet Thursday, Gallego said she and her fellow City Council...
article More evacuations ordered for Bighorn Fire north of Tucson
(6/18/2020)
(Arizona) -- A new evacuation order was issued Thursday morning for a section of Mount Lemmon north of Tucson being threatened by the Bighorn Fire. The Pima County...
article Writing was her dream. Now the Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation is paying it forward
(6/16/2020)
(Arizona) -- As a child, Laura Tohe secretly wanted to be a writer. She kept the dream to herself because in school she only read the works of white authors. “I...
article Heard Museum reopens Tuesday: Here are the changes
(6/9/2020)
(Arizona) -- Nearly three months after closing because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Heard Museum -- one of Phoenix's premier museums for Native American art --...
article Native American group speaks on importance of representation after appearing on 'World of Dance'
(6/8/2020)
(Arizona) -- An Arizona-based Native American group represented their culture last week when they appeared on the NBC hit-show World of Dance. The group, named...
article White woman slapped for telling Native American to ‘go back to Mexico’
(6/8/2020)
(Arizona) -- A white woman was slapped by a Native American woman who was apparently fed up with being told to ‘go back to Mexico.’ The incident was caught...
article AZ Jews for Justice hosts conversation about COVID-19 and the Navajo Nation
(6/3/2020)
(Arizona) -- As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third month in the U.S., the Navajo Nation continues to be hit particularly hard. As of Friday, May 29, the Navajo...

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