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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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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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The future of a new Arizona law to allow sports gambling was in the hands of a judge Monday as he mulled a challenge brought by one Native American tribe against Gov. Doug Ducey and the head of the state Gaming Department. 

  

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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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A new microgrant program designed to fund increased water access on the Navajo Nation has announced its first group of recipients. A half-dozen grassroots projects will receive support on the reservation where one in three people lack indoor plumbing. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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A Phoenix-based company has withdrawn its applications for two hydro-storage projects on the Little Colorado River. A third such proposal, however, remains in the works despite strong opposition from environmental groups and tribes. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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The American Bar Association’s policymaking body is supporting the U.S. Interior Department as it works to uncover the troubled legacy of federal boarding schools that sought to assimilate Indigenous youth into white society.

 

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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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