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Indigenous leaders called on Congress Sept. 20 to reverse a Supreme Court ruling that expands states’ ability to prosecute crimes on tribal land, a ruling they said threatens their sovereignty and their ability to protect their citizens.

By Teri Gantz, Cronkite News September 27, 2022
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On Sept. 12, the Coconino Board of Supervisors approved money to train and certify recruits as peace officers at a newly-created High Country Training Academy in Flagstaff, Arizona.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer September 27, 2022
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Roselyn Tso was confirmed as the new Indian Health Service director Sept. 21.

September 27, 2022
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State of unease: Colorado basin tribes without water rights
Native American tribes such as the Hualapai have inherent rights to the Colorado River water, but the amount and access hasn’t been fully resolved for decades

Garnett Querta slips on his work gloves as he shifts the big rig he’s driving into park. Within seconds, he unrolls a fire hose and opens a hydrant, sending water flowing into one of the plastic tanks on the truck’s flat bed.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press September 21, 2022
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PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. - The National Park Service and partner law enforcement agencies are investigating a shooting incident that occurred at Petrified Forest National Park the morning of Sept. 20.

September 21, 2022
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Lake Havasu City-based River City Newspapers will acquire the Mohave Valley Daily News and the Kingman Miner in a move that strengthens the company’s holdings in Mohave County and Northwestern Arizona.

September 21, 2022
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Tribal leaders urged lawmakers Sept. 14 to pass a package of bills that would protect cultural and sacred sites by creating a new tribal cultural areas designation and require Native input on any decisions on those lands.

By Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News September 20, 2022
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There were a handful of people waiting outside the Department of Diné Education building.

By Paulie Denetclaw, ICT September 20, 2022
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COVID on the Navajo Nation: Uncontrolled spread in 33 communities
Navajo Department of Health reports 81 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths between Sept. 10 and 12

On Sept. 12, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 81 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation and two deaths over a three-day period from Sept. 10 - 12.

September 20, 2022
HUD announces plans to release $9 million to help veterans
Eligible Native American veterans experiencing homelessness will get federal boost in rental assistance

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Thursday plans to release $9 million in rental assistance for Native American veterans, focusing on providing services to those experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness.

By Carina Dominguez, ICT September 20, 2022
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SELIGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Two people have been found dead after a small plane crashed in a remote area of northwestern Arizona, authorities said Sept. 13.

September 14, 2022
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When the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Nov. 9, 2022 on an Indian Child Welfare Act case, Brackeen versus Haaland, its decision will decide the constitutionality of the act, which has been in place since 1978.

By Katherine Locke September 13, 2022
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The U.S. government has joined a ski resort and others that have quit using a racist term for a Native American woman by renaming hundreds of peaks, lakes, streams and other geographical features on federal lands in the West and elsewhere.

By Mead Grover, Associated Press September 13, 2022
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Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare announced the opening of the Northern Arizona Healthcare Medical Group – Medical Oncology clinic in Flagstaff.

September 13, 2022
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Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) and Flagstaff Police Department responded to Coconino High School (CHS) after a report of a student who brought a knife to school.

By Katherine Locke September 6, 2022
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez visited the family of 83-year-old matriarch Sally Fowler, originally from Tonalea, Arizona, who was laid to rest today during a private family burial.

September 6, 2022
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On Aug. 30, the Biden-Harris administration announced a $50 million grant award to fund high-speed internet infrastructure on the Navajo Nation.

September 6, 2022
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Arizona Rep. O’Halleran, tribal and federal officials met Aug. 18 at Cameron Chapter House for a two-hour roundtable to discuss what to do about the more than 500 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation.

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It was a special day at the Navajo Nation capital Aug. 14, where approximately 900 people gathered for the ground-breaking ceremony for the future Navajo Code Talkers Museum.

By Geri Hongeva, Special to the Navajo-Hopi Observer August 30, 2022
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer offered condolences to family, friends, teachers and loved ones of Holbrook Indian School student and athlete Kiarra Alma Gordon, who died in a school bus accident on Interstate 40 in eastern Arizona Aug. 28.

August 30, 2022

An oil spill has been stopped from reaching a tributary to the San Juan River and clean-up work continues at Standing Redrock Creek, Navajo Nation officials said Wednesday.

August 30, 2022
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Navajo Nation confirms first case of Monkeypox
The Navajo Area IHS reports the first doses of Monkeypox vaccine are expected to arrive to the Navajo Nation this week.

On Aug.24, the Navajo Nation confirmed its first case of Monkeypox — the individual is a Navajo Nation member who lives in McKinley County in New Mexico.

August 25, 2022
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez expressed support during a news conference Aug. 16. for the Grand Canyon Protection Act and the need for cleaning up the 500 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation.

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Former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt said Arizona’s tribes need to play an important role in protecting the state’s groundwater and dealing with the pending crisis because of the lack of water in the Colorado River.

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Pope Francis apologized. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland called it a “heartbreaking” part of U.S. history. Congress is considering legislation to atone for the government’s actions.

By Morgan Fischer, Cronkite News August 23, 2022

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