Navajo Nation

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Many homes in rural areas of Coconino County lack access to the Internet, but that's changed for forty-five households in Tuba City, thanks to a new partnership with SpaceX. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

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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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U.S. nuclear regulators are considering a proposal to transfer 1 million cubic yards of waste from a former uranium mine in western New Mexico to a mill site less than a mile away as part of a cleanup effort. 


KNAU's Morning Rundown: Wednesday, May 26

May 26, 2021


It's Wednesday, May 26. If you missed this morning's lunar eclipse, check out this report from KNAU's Melissa Sevigny — or these photos taken across the country. 

Meanwhile, our top headlines of the morning:

Coconino County, Flagstaff Lift Mask Guidance As Vaccinations Climb

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Gov. Doug Ducey has signed at least a dozen voting bills into law during this legislative session. Republicans say they make elections more secure and efficient, but according to tribal leaders, some of the measures are nothing more than attempts at voter suppression following former President Donald Trump’s loss in Arizona last year. Tribes worry the new laws combined with language barriers, the remoteness of reservations and even poor road conditions will disenfranchise Indian Country voters, especially elders. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with Democratic state Rep. Jasmine Blackwater-Nygren, whose district includes the Navajo Nation, of which she’s a member.

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Arizona Republicans say the voter restrictions they’re pushing after President Joe Biden’s win in the state last year are designed to strengthen the integrity of future elections.

To some, the changes will make voting more difficult than it already is.

KNAU's Morning Rundown: Friday, May 14

May 14, 2021

AZ Health Officials, Navajo Nation Offer Pfizer Vaccine To Children 12-15

Arizona health officials on Thursday began offering doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents between 12 and 15 years old. It comes after the Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, authorized the vaccine’s use for the younger demographic. 

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The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has rejected a bid to construct a large-scale resort east of Flagstaff and south of the Navajo Nation near Two Guns. 

Developer John Gunderman had proposed a luxury camping site with more than 770 lodging units. The Two Guns Resort was also slated to include water parks, a pet resort, and drive-in theater, among other amenities. The project, Gunderman estimated, would have required at least 150 full-time employees, along with seasonal and construction workers.


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Governor Doug Ducey Tuesday signed a bill into law that would remove inactive voters from the popular statewide list to receive mail-in ballots. Tribal leaders, however, are concerned the measure will disenfranchise voters in Indian Country. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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The Navajo Nation on Monday reported 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths.

Tribal health officials also said there were 19 new coronavirus cases and one death Sunday, but the numbers weren’t immediately reported due to the Mother’s Day holiday.