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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and members of the Navajo Nation Council are congratulating New Mexico Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland for her selection as the next U.S. Secretary of the Interior.


Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health

Scientists developing vaccines for the coronavirus disease say it’s critical to recruit diverse volunteers—especially Native Americans, who have been hit hard by the pandemic. That’s why Pfizer set up sites for its ongoing clinical trial on the Navajo and White Mountain Apache nations. But it’s not easy to repair decades of broken trust between Indigenous people and non-Native scientists. Historical traumas in the name of research remain fresh in many memories. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, some practitioners of both traditional Diné medicine and Western medicine want to heal that divide.

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The Federal Communications Commission has granted broadcast licenses ideal for high-speed wireless internet to rural tribal governments in New Mexico, Arizona and elsewhere.

The 2.5 GHz licenses have been granted to 154 Native American communities so far, the commission announced in a statement Friday.


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Federal officials have approved a 20-year renewal of a mining ban on the San Francisco Peaks. It’ll prevent mineral claims in the popular recreation area that’s sacred to many Southwestern tribes. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Archaeologists and Native American leaders are pointing to a recent survey of an area around Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico that's considered sacred to some tribes in the Southwest.