News on Friday that the election for president of the Navajo Nation will be postponed was clearly not what Democrats in northern Arizona wanted to hear. Poor turnout in Tuesday's election by Navajos would likely impact the close race between Congressional District One candidates Ann Kirkpatrick and ... More >>
An Arizona state Representative who is a member of the Navajo Nation says the Washington Redskins' name is offensive and should be changed. Just weeks after Native Americans protested in Glendale outside an Arizona Cardinals game against Washington, Democratic Representative Jamescita Peshlakai has ... More >>
Various Native American groups are banding together to protest games involving Washington's NFL team, starting with this weekend's game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale. The groups are imploring the team to adopt a new name "that does not disparage Native Americans."
Arizona's political heavyweights have spent years in federal court challenging the legality of Tohono O'odham Nation's proposed West Valley Resort, a casino near 91st and Northern avenues. Since the law hasn't been on opponents' side, they've desperately been trying to change it. Congressman Tre ... More >>
Members of the Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe say they refused a "bribe" from the Washington Redskins organization, which tribal members say offered a blank check to build a skate park in their community.One of the tribal members who's trying to secure funding for the skate park gave his account of a meeti ... More >>
Diane Humetewa, a Hopi Indian born in Phoenix, will be the first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge. This is actually the second time the 49-year-old former prosecutor has made history, because in 2007 she became the first Native American woman U.S. Attorney.
A Navajo man anally raped his buddy's 18-year-old girlfriend on a dark road south of Kayenta early Sunday, then either suffocated or strangled her, federal court records allege. The woman's half-naked body was found in a ditch, a tire-track over her chest. Sankey Reid, 30, admitted he drove over h ... More >>
Revenues from Arizona tribal casinos went up in 2012, although the number of slot machines and gaming tables has decreased, according to a gaming industry report.Casino City's recently-released Indian Gaming Industry Report studied gaming revenue in 2012, both nationally and in individual states. Th ... More >>
A majority a Glendale City Council agreed on Tuesday to begin formal negotiations with the Tohono O'odham Nation over its proposed West Valley casino -- a move that marks a dramatic change over the city's previous attitude toward the Native American tribe. Nation leaders say that opening the door t ... More >>
Former Arizona State Senator and Navajo Code Talker Arthur J. Hubbard died on Friday at the age of 102, according to a statement from the Navajo Nation Council.He was born on the Tohono O'odham Nation about three weeks before Arizona became a state, in 1912.
Renetto-Mario Etsitty Tertio 3508 N. 7th Street www.tertiowinebar.com This is part one of our interview with Renetto-Mario Etsitty, chef at Tertio Wine Bar in Phoenix. Today, he dishes on the history of Navajo Kneel Down bread and the semi-secret First Friday feasts he's been serving for the past f ... More >>
Kevin Ryan Upshaw Jr. of the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation has been charged with manslaughter following a Monday crash that killed a 5-year-old girl on a bike. Upshaw Jr., who manages or owns a rodeo-security business on the rural reservation north of Tucson, was drunk when his full-size 4x4 ... More >>
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks introduced -- again -- legislation on Tuesday that, if signed into law, effectively would prevent the Tohono O'odham Nation from building a casino in the West Valley. There are a few bits about H.R. 1410, this latest bill, that are worth pointing out. See also: Tre ... More >>
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is expected to introduce another bill aimed at blocking the Tohono O'odham Nation from building a West Valley casino. Congressional insiders say it may happen this week. See also: Tohono O'odham Nation Continues Defending Plans for West Valley Casino See also: W ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer and other state officials attended a demonstration today of a new, mobile solar-power generator that unfolds like the lotus flower it's named after. Monarch Power CEO, Joseph Hui, introduced the Lotus Mobile as a product that could power a refrigerator or other appliances in any ... More >>
Rather than face the consequences for charges related to the brutal rape of a woman in Tempe, it looks like 23-year-old Lane Halona killed himself this weekend.Halona was arrested on March 17, the morning after he punched a woman in the back of the head, pulled her behind some bushes, and sexually a ... More >>
If you've blown through the gardening books on your reading list this winter or are looking for some inspiration this summer, local author and painter Barbara Bayless Lacy's book, Nanise': A Navajo Herbal: One Hundred Plants From the Navajo Reservation is a unique find. Nanise' means "vegetation" i ... More >>
A drive to a local bootlegger for a bottle of vodka turned into an allegedly meth-addled murder, according to Navajo Nation PD. The report states that Randly Begay, a member of the Navajo Nation, his girlfriend, and a friend, piled into a gray GMC Safari van Monday morning and drove near Tuba C ... More >>
Pictures taken last week of a Navajo man's penis and "stumpy" thumbs reportedly link him to the photographed sexual assault of a toddler. Carl Carlson of the Navajo Nation committed aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual exploitation of a child and possessed child pornography, according to a ... More >>
When the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office announced yesterday that a six-month "bootlegging" investigation ended with 10 arrests, we were thinking it was a trip back to prohibition, involving Tommy guns, fedoras, and the phrase "G-Men."Nah, we checked out the criminal complaints, and it took six month ... More >>
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Arizona's voter-approved 2004 law requiring voters to show proof of citizenship before receiving a ballot.The Appeals Court mostly shot down the challenges to the law, which had itself been upheld in Arizona U.S. District Court.Arizona can dem ... More >>
In less than a year, KPHO -- always "Telling it Like it is" -- has managed to run three stories about chupacabra sightings.Now the local news station is tackling bigger and badder mythical beasts, hooking up with the Navajo Nation Rangers to check out "investigative reports" of other creatures that ... More >>
Police say Larissa Garcia Killed her 79-year-old husband for "financial reason."A Phoenix woman is heading to the big house after pleading guilty to charges that she killed her 79-year-old husband -- before dumping his body on an Indian reservation and setting it on fire -- back in 2005. La ... More >>
More than four years ago, we wrote about the quirky kidnapping case involving (then) 4-year-old Raven Laws, some local Native-Americans and a quasi-Indian tribe based in Alabama.Raven Laws is only about 5 percent Native-American--but that apparently mattered in this case The name of the st ... More >>
Meghan Lippiatt, found insane following murder of two sons, was discovered dead in a rural part of Navajo County.A Pennsylvania mom whose insanity defense allowed her to beat the rap in the murders of her two sons was found dead in a canyon in northern Arizona over the weekend.Authorities think t ... More >>
Growing up in rural Arizona, certain events were anticipated because they were known to be accompanied by a homemade Navajo taco. From Christmas parades to corn festivals, eating a Navajo taco meant sampling Arizona street food at its best. But finding a Navajo taco in the Valley?...not always ... More >>
A state appellate court ruling has given new life to a lawsuit filed by the tiny Havasupai nation over blood samples that the tribe was told would be used for the study of tribal diabetes but instead were used for other research. Back in 2004, we wrote "Indian Givers," a chilling ... More >>
Margarite Faras tried to fix what she thought was wrong with the San Carlos Apache Reservation. Instead, San Carlos fixed her.