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Hidden away in Christmas Tree Pass near the Arizona-Nevada border, more than 700 petroglyphs can be found at Grapevine Canyon.  

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This Saturday marks the second annual installment of the Dream Concert. It’s a star-studded online performance benefitting the Native American Scholarship Fund at the Verde Valley School. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Renowned Navajo weaver and voting rights advocate Agnes Laughter has died. Born in 1932, she helped challenge the constitutionality of Arizona’s in-person voting procedures and restrictive ID requirements. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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A major grant from the Getty Foundation will help preserve ancient at-risk structures at Wupatki National Monument near Flagstaff. According to archaeologists, a changing climate has made many culturally important sites throughout the Southwest increasingly vulnerable. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Indigenous nations are at the frontlines of climate change, but they’re also leaders in how to adapt to changing weather conditions and transition to renewable energy. That’s the conclusion of a new report published by the Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with two of the report’s authors, Nikki Cooley and Kelsey Morales.


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Niagara Rockbridge has been crowned as Miss Navajo Nation. A virtual coronation ceremony was held Saturday at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock. 

  

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Coconino County health officials continue to report a high level of COVID-19 community transmission. According to the county’s weekly update, the highly transmissible delta variant is still driving a surge of infections locally and nationwide. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Governor Doug Ducey this week signed a bill into law that guarantees students the right to wear tribal regalia at graduation ceremonies. Some students in Arizona say they’ve been prevented from wearing such items because of school district dress codes. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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An Indigenous leader from New Mexico and former U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt are calling on the federal government to overhaul its oil and gas leasing program to ensure the protection of cultural resources. 

  

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Some members of Congress want protections put in place to address ongoing intergenerational trauma as more information comes to light about the troubled history of Indigenous boarding schools in the United States. 

  

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