When a Navajo baby is born it’s custom to bury the umbilical cord in the ground. The Navajo believe that ties the child to the land forever. But a new generation of Navajos are defying this belief as more and more young people leave the Navajo Nation to go to college or to find work. Elders encourage their return, but often that transition home is brutal.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is installing a barrier and a valve inside an old Colorado mine to prevent another wastewater spill. Two years ago the agency accidentally triggered a blowout that contaminated rivers in three states.
Two years ago the town of Sanders, Arizona, learned their drinking water was toxic. The school district installed a water filtration system this summer, but many people are sick with conditions linked to uranium contamination. And no one has cleaned it up.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommends shrinking the size of six national monuments, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah and Gold Butte in Nevada, according to a leaked memo from the secretary to President Donald Trump.
The Hualapai Tribe has agreed to end a decades-long conflict over Colorado River water rights in exchange for a $134 million pipeline that will supply water to the tribe’s Grand Canyon tourist attractions.
The Mexican government on Tuesday expressed its “deep regret” following the White House's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has shielded young people living in the state illegally from deportation.
The U.S., Mexico and Canada will enter the second round of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement on Friday.
A Navajo coal mine in New Mexico just bought two new locomotives to deliver coal from the mine to the Four Corners Power Plant. The purchase demonstrates an investment in coal by the Navajo government at a time when natural gas has become the preferred low-cost energy source.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says none of the 27 monuments under review should be eliminated but a “handful” should be changed.
Not everyone will be watching the eclipse Aug. 21. The Navajo and many other American Indian tribes see the phenomenon as a bad omen.