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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 19, 2015

AZ Congressman Pushes Bill To Strengthen Ties Between Tribes and Feds

Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar
Credit Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call

An Arizona Congressman is proposing legislation aimed at building trust between Native American tribes and the federal government. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, Republican Paul Gosar believes it’s a relationship that needs serious improvement.  

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:30 am
Thu June 18, 2015

House Bill Would Reverse Controversial Land Swap and Copper Mine on Tonto NF

The Oak Flat Campground has been the site of a five-month encampment of protesters who oppose the proposed copper mine that would take place there.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

An Arizona congressman has introduced a bill to stop a proposed copper mine on the Tonto National Forest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Tucson Rep. Raul Grijalva wants to reverse the federal land swap that paved the way for the mine.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Verde Valley Archaeology Center Receives Local Artifacts

A pit house at the Grey Fox Ridge excavation.
Credit The Verde Valley Archeology Center

A collection of Native American artifacts from an excavation in Cottonwood inspired the creation of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. As Arizona Public Radio’s Melissa Sevigny reports, that collection has come home to the Verde Valley.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:34 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Auction of Hopi Ceremonial Items Proceeds in Paris

Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie
Credit Mark Henle/The Republic

Another auction of Hopi and Acoma Pueblo ceremonial items has taken place in Paris. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s the latest in a series of controversial sales of sacred Native American items.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Hopi Tribe Makes Another Attempt At Halting French Auction

Hopi Tribe Chairman Herman Honanie

Several Hopi artifacts are on the auction block in France. A Paris auction house is scheduled to sell the items on Wednesday, despite criticism from the Hopi Tribe and the U.S. Government. Tribal leaders argue the artifacts belong to them, and demand their return. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo spoke with Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie about the tribe’s latest attempt to halt tomorrow’s auction.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:49 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Kaibab Paiute Nation Named a Dark Sky Community

Homes on the Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation, with Thunder Mountain in the background.
Credit Kaibab Paiute Nation

Northern Arizona is now home to the world’s first "dark sky nation." As Arizona Public Radio’s Melissa Sevigny reports, the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians has been recognized for its efforts to preserve the night sky.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:37 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Ceremonial Hopi Items Auctioned In Paris Despite U.S. Criticism

Protestors outside the EVE auction house in Paris last December during another sale of ceremonial Native American objects.
Credit AP

A Paris auction house is starting a sale of about a dozen Hopi artifacts that tribal leaders and U.S. government officials have sought to prevent. They argue the objects are sacred.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Oak Flat at the Crossroads: Culture and the Copper Economy in Modern-Day Arizona

Since February, dozens, and sometimes hundreds of San Carlos Apache tribal members have been encamped at Oak Flat in opposition to the proposed copper mine. They marched more than 40 miles from the town of San Carlos on the nearby reservation and say Oak Flat is sacred ancestral land. In December, the National Defense Authorization Act traded Oak Flat and 2,400 surrounding acres to Resolution Copper, privatizing the area.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Plans are in the works to develop the largest copper mine in North America on Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. The proposed site for the nearly 3,000-acre mine is Oak Flat near the town of Superior. It’s an ancestral home for several clans of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, some of whom are protesting the development. They believe the Oak Flat mine is another example of the conflict between the protection of sacred sites and economic development.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:34 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Pressure Mounting on Justice Department to Halt Hopi Auction

Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie
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Members of Congress along with the Hopi Tribe want the Department of Justice and the FBI to halt an auction of ceremonial items in Paris. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s the sixth such controversial sale since 2013.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:53 am
Fri February 27, 2015

NAU Professor Examines What Sovereignty Means To Native Nations

Dr. Michael Lerma is an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University. He’s just released his first book, “Indigenous Sovereignty in the 21st Century: Knowledge for the Indigenous Spring.” It examines what sovereignty means to indigenous nations. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo recently sat down with Dr. Lerma to discuss the book.

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