Arizona’s newly drawn Congressional District 1 includes more Native Americans than any other district in the country. That sets the stage for a historic first — an American Indian woman serving in Congress.
The Navajo Nation is demanding Urban Outfitters pull the "Navajo" name from its products. The lawsuit was filed late Tuesday in Federal court.
The suit accuses the clothing chain of violating the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act. That law makes it illegal to sell merchandise that falsely suggests it’s made by American Indians when it’s not.
For people of the Navajo Nation, AIDS has long been thought of as a white man’s disease; an illness that struck others, off of the reservation.
But over the last decade, the number of new HIV infections among Navajos has doubled. And something else that’s new: AIDS is now very much on the reservation itself, which means Navajos are infecting Navajos.
A coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation may be forced to increase water rates to afford required federal pollution controls.
Initially the utility that runs the Navajo Generating Station thought it might have to shut down. But a new Interior Department study says it has another option. The Generating Station could remain open if it raises water rates for agricultural users and tribes by up to 16 percent.
Saying it will boost the economy near Farmington, New Mexico, tribal officials from the Navajo Nation have opened its third casino.
For several years the tribe was reluctant to build casinos. Many were concerned about compulsive gambling and the potential for increased crime. Raymond Etsitty runs Navajo Gaming Enterprise. For him it’s about the jobs.
"They now have a paycheck," said Etsitty. "They’re now buying things. Seeing a family who the employee works here they’re going out on the town buying some food, buying a car. That’s nice."
Saying what was taken from its lands belongs to it, the nation's largest Native American tribe wants to force the National Park Service to return and rebury the human remains exhumed in prior years from Canyon de Chelly. In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court, attorneys for the tribe said the 1933 law establishing the national monument gave the federal government the power to administer the lands in northeast Arizona. And they said the tribe did not give up its title to the land.
Ganado, AZ – The new2010 census shows a steady growth in the Native American population over the past ten years across the southwest. But the country's largest Indian reservation, the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners region, actually saw its population shrink by 3 percent. In the final installment of our Fronteras series Sensing Change, Daniel Kraker (PR: CROCKER) visited the small reservation town of Ganado, Arizona, to find out where the people are going.
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