Schools in Indian Country are starting to feel the effects of across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration. For the Navajo Nation that means larger class sizes, putting off building repairs and fewer buses — which is a big deal where children travel up to 70 miles to get to school.
The Sundance Film Institute says four Native American filmmakers will be on the Mescalero Apache reservation in Southern New Mexico this week. The visit is the first stage of development for Native writers and directors hoping to release independent films in the coming years.
The Navajo Nation says the only financially viable future for its coal supply may be in clean coal technologies and overseas exports.
Without rare earth elements, a lot of technology relied upon on every day doesn't work: cell phones, computer hard drives, radar systems, lasers and hybrid vehicle batteries.
With drought affecting much of the Southwest, the Navajo Nation is working to bring water to its citizens with the tribal government recently approving more than $8 million for water infrastructure projects.
In what is thought to be the first housing program of its kind brought to a tribal community, the Pueblo of Zuni in western New Mexico has broken ground on a series of homes financed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The number of HIV cases is higher among the Navajo than any other tribe in the country. Just in the last three years the number of new diagnosis has quadrupled in the Four Corners area.
Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Health Care Act is expected to bring in much-needed dollars to the chronically underfunded Indian Health Service. But for the first time ever the IHS will be competing for non-Indian patients in order to survive.
The president of the Navajo Nation signed a lease extension with a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona that’s worth $1.2 billion to the tribe over the next three decades. But the plant owners aren’t too happy with some of the tribe’s conditions.
Around 25,000 Native Americans in New Mexico will become eligible for Medicaid when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect next year. The change translates to more money for the Indian Health Service. But Medicaid expansion will also force Native health providers to deal with something they’ve never faced before: competition from non-tribal health programs.
The federal government is five years into cleaning up abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation. The Environmental Protection Agency met with Navajo leaders Tuesday to discuss the plan for the next five years. They still have a long way to go.
The Navajo Council started its spring session this week in Window Rock. The tribal leaders will vote on whether to extend its lease with a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona.
Northern Arizona tribes are following news of a Paris auction house that wants to put 70 artifacts sacred to the Hopi people up for sale. A hearing Thursday will determine the legality of the sale.
A Paris auction house plans to sell 70 sacred Native American artifacts. The northern Arizona Hopi Tribe is outraged and wants them back.
The Navajo Nation has one of the highest crime rates of any Indian reservation in the country. One of the critical issues it faces right now is lack of funding for much-needed new jails.