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The recent homicide case of 22-year-old Gabby Petito has prompted discussion regarding public attention for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in the United States. 

Authorities this week confirmed that Petito’s remains were found near Grand Teton National Park.

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An Amber Alert has been issued on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico for four missing children allegedly taken by their father.

Influential Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain has died. He was a documentarian whose numerous films focused on the intersection of modern and traditional Indigenous culture. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius has this remembrance.

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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Navajo Nation leaders and federal officials recently toured an abandoned uranium mine on the reservation. The trip highlighted the continued threats posed by radioactive pollution and the massive cleanup effort required to remediate hundreds of such mines. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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The Navajo Nation on Sunday reported 18 more COVID-19 cases, but no deaths for the second time in the past three days.


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A coalition of tribes and environmental groups are urging the federal government to overhaul how it regulates mining in the West and Alaska. They say current rules disproportionately impact Indigenous people and harm the environment. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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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A dozen students are expected to graduate later this month from the Navajo Police Training Academy in Chinle, according to the Navajo Police Department, though the students must complete final assessments before passing through the academy.

The department has reported severe understaffing amid the expanse of Diné land. The NPD has continued to hold recruitment drives in recent months.

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Arizona health officials Tuesday reported nearly 1,982 new known cases of COVID-19 and 54 additional deaths.