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Coming home: Navajo to get treaty that ended imprisonment

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A 150-year-old document that allowed Navajos to return to their homeland in the Four Corners region where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet is destined for a permanent home at the tribe's museum. Navajos had been...

 

No longer in the dark: Navajo Nation homes get electricity

KAIBETO, Ariz. (AP) — Miranda Haskie sits amid the glow of candles at her kitchen table as the sun sinks into a deep blue horizon silhouetting juniper trees and a nearby mesa. Her husband, Jimmie Long, Jr., fishes for the wick to light a kerosene...

 

Tribes across country push for better internet access

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a remote, roadless Arizona canyon that is home to a small Native American tribe, there's a natural skepticism toward the internet. The telemedicine equipment that health care officials promised would work gathers dust....

 

Tribes push to protect sacred New Mexico site from drilling

ACOMA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization but ar...

 

Navajo Nation company ends bid to buy power plant, mine

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the West will close this year as planned after a Navajo Nation company ended its long-shot bid Friday to acquire it. The Navajo Generating Station has operated for decades in...

 

US official declares drought plan done for Colorado River

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Seven states that rely on a major waterway in the U.S. West have finished a yearslong effort to create a plan to protect the Colorado River amid a prolonged drought, the federal government declared Tuesday. U.S. Bureau of...

 

1st female superintendent of Grand Canyon park steps down

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The first female superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park resigned Thursday, less than three years after she took the helm of one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Christine Lehnertz's resignation...

 

Court case centers on Native American kids in foster care

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the most significant legal challenge since it was enacted more than 40 year...

 

Plan to combat drought in West hinges on California, Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A California irrigation district with the highest-priority rights to water from a major Western river is using its power to demand federal funds to restore the state's largest lake, hoping to capitalize on one of its best...

 

Jonathan Nez sworn in as Navajo Nation president

FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. (AP) — Jonathan Nez delivered a message of hope, resilience and change Tuesday in his inaugural address as president of the Navajo Nation, drawing from the tribe's history as a way to move forward. He and Vice President Myron...

 

Shutdown puts strain on hundreds of Native American tribes

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with high rates of poverty and...

 

Arizona journalism saga has poisoning claim, nasty divorce

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — An award-winning Arizona newspaper publisher and his wife are locked in a bizarre divorce case that has morphed into something more: a journalism ethics saga. Joseph Soldwedel has accused wife Felice Soldwedel in a lawsuit...

 

Video shows Arizona fire started with gender reveal party

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A video released by the U.S. Forest Service shows how a gender reveal event led to a costly wildfire in southern Arizona that forced about 200 people out of their homes. The information gleaned from the video isn't new, but...

 

Warren ancestry highlights how tribes decide membership

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Jon Rios traces his ancestry to the Pima people of Arizona, but he has no tribal enrollment card and lives hundreds of miles away in Colorado. He has no interest in meeting any federally imposed requirements to prove his...

 

Less snow prompts push to lengthen Grand Canyon visit season

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — With snowfall dwindling at the Grand Canyon's North Rim, tourism promoters see an opportunity to stretch out the visiting season at the less popular side of the canyon so more people experience it and spend money in the...

 

Flooding cancels hundreds of trips to coveted waterfalls

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Hundreds of tourists who booked coveted overnight trips on tribal land deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon will have to reschedule after heavy flooding forced evacuations and shut down the area for at least a week. Abbie Fi...

 

Judge delays retrial for man charged in NAU campus shooting

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The retrial of a former Northern Arizona University student charged in a fatal shooting in 2015 was delayed Thursday for a fourth time, frustrating surviving victims and their families. A jury in Steven Jones' first trial...

 

Dozens of wild horses found dead amid Southwest drought

CAMERON, Ariz. (AP) — Off a northern Arizona highway surrounded by pastel-colored desert is one of the starkest examples of drought's grip on the American Southwest: Dozens of dead horses surrounded by cracked earth, swirling dust and a ribbon of...

 

Small Arizona school district bucks trend, stays open

PARKS, Ariz. (AP) — Students in Patrick Brown's sixth-grade science class grab laptops from cubby holes for a lesson on water data. Type in "High Adventure Science," he tells them, writing the words on the whiteboard. He then quizzes the 10...

 

Hopi Tribe, others sue over power purchases for coal plant

PHOENIX (AP) — The Hopi Tribe and coal mining groups on Tuesday sued the operator of an Arizona aqueduct system to try and keep a coal-fired power plant running beyond 2019. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the tribe, the United Mine Wor...

 

Tribe: Ruling could reform US agency for Native education

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Stephen C. has been taught only math and English at a U.S.-run elementary school for Native American children deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon. Teachers have left midyear, and he repeatedly faces suspension and arrest fo...

 

Grand Canyon tests change in water system serving visitors

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Crews are drilling at the bottom of the Grand Canyon to test the idea of shifting the area where water is drawn to serve millions of people at the national park's popular South Rim. The park's water supply comes from a...

 

Native Americans: Benching Wahoo step in right direction

Cleveland native Josh Hunt is not a fan of baseball. But he's showed up at Progressive Field where the Indians play for the past couple of years to protest the team name and its mascot, Chief Wahoo — confronted with fans in headdresses and face pai...

 

Lawsuit against man charged in university shooting settled

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A man charged with a deadly shooting at Northern Arizona University has settled a negligence lawsuit against him and his parents. Steven Jones has said he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 20-year-old Colin Brough...

 

Court keeps ban on new mining claims around Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has kept in place an Obama administration ban on new mining claims around the Grand Canyon. The decision Tuesday comes as a U.S. House committee hears testimony on access to minerals on public land. The...

 

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