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A longtime leader of the Havasupai Tribe who advocated against uranium mining around the Grand Canyon and snowmaking at an Arizona ski resort has died. 

  

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It’s estimated that more than seven hundred thousand Native Americans in the U.S. are living without access to clean and reliable water.  A recent report from the Water & Tribes Initiative surveyed thirty tribes in the Colorado River Basin and found widespread problems with lack of water access and contaminated supplies. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with the report’s lead author, Heather Tanana, a Navajo Nation citizen and assistant professor at the University of Utah.

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Many Native students who attend school in Flagstaff live in a dormitory operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs because their family homes are far away, scattered on the vast Navajo Nation. But when schools shut their doors at the start of the pandemic, they had to go home…where they faced not only a sudden switch to online classes, but also a lack of access to Internet, electricity, food and water. Teachers and counselors worked long hours to stay connected to their students, many of whom were suffering from isolation and fear. Darrell Marks is the Native American academic advisor at Flagstaff High School. Tomorrow he receives a special award for courage from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for risking his health and safety to help others during the pandemic. In this audio postcard, we meet Darrell Marks who says the recognition is bittersweet after a year of heartbreaking loss.


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The full U.S. Senate is set to consider a major bipartisan water bill that would provide upgrades to Arizona’s water infrastructure. It’s the first legislation to advance out of Senate committee related to the Biden-Harris administration’s recent sweeping infrastructure proposal. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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A bill is being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week that would expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Native Americans on reservations. The effort is aimed at protecting children and responding police officers in domestic violence situations. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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