Flagstaff’s in an affordable housing jam. There are few places to build in a town surrounded by national forest. But the city’s also bordered by the Navajo Nation, which has a housing shortage of its own. A new Flagstaff housing program is putting many of these people in their own homes.
The National Park Service wants to change an iconic destination at the Grand Canyon to honor Native American heritage.
If the Navajo Nation needs to issue an Amber Alert when a child goes missing, it’s able to do that now. Its Amber Alert System is now operating in test mode.
Vallis Martinez has lost count of how many foster children she’s cared for on the Navajo Nation. She said it could be as many as 10,000. And the Navajo Department of Family Services wishes there were more like her, because the demand for safe foster homes is so high.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order to increase broadband access in rural America. The order directs the Interior Department to allow private high-speed broadband companies to build equipment on public lands.
The federal government has finalized plans to swap land with a southern Arizona copper mine to protect a historic site near Superior. Twelve tribes worked with the Forest Service and a mining company to save Apache Leap.
This year Navajo leaders discovered several cases of sex trafficking on the reservation, but they had no way to fight it. So the tribe passed a law to make human trafficking a crime. Congress also plans to consider legislation that would give states the authority to prosecute traffickers.
Newly leaked documents show President Donald Trump plans to shrink two large Utah monuments by nearly two-thirds. The president plans to visit Utah on Dec. 4 to make the announcement.
Three decades ago Gallup, New Mexico, was known as Drunk Town, USA. For many years it ranked number one nationally in the number of alcohol-related deaths. The community, which borders the Navajo Nation, has worked hard to save lives and change its image.
In a new poll, Native Americans say a major problem they face is “institutional discrimination.” In Indian Country they call it environmental racism. During World War II and the Cold War, mining companies blasted 30 million tons of uranium out of Navajo land, abandoning more than 500 mines. Since then, many Navajo have died of conditions linked to contamination.