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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Artists rendering of the proposed West Valley ResortUnited States District Judge David Campbell ruled today that the Tohono O'odham Nation's 54-acre property in the West Valley must be taken into trust.And that means that the Nation is one step close to building the West Valley Resort, a casino t ... More >>
Russell Pearce State Senator Russell Pearce, best known for his immigrant-loathing views, is taking on the Tohono O'odham Nation, an Indian tribe that plans to open a resort-style casino in the West Valley.Pearce and state Senate-hopeful Scott Bundgaard, now joined by about a dozen Ari ... More >>
Navajo Nation hosts student photographers
Navajo Nation hosts student photographers
MCSO Larisa GarciaWe got some new details about the Phoenix woman who was arrested yesterday for the 2005 murder of her husband -- a veteran of both the Army and Navy and father of what police estimate to be about 30 children -- and she claims she murdered the man because "she w ... More >>
Back in May 2004, we published a cover story entitled "Indian Givers," which broke the news about a remarkably devious study conducted by genetic researchers at Arizona State University. The piece described how those researchers, led by Dr. Therese Markow, a nationally known geneti ... More >>
Wow.We've been known to scratch our heads at the Arizona Republic's unwillingness to call a spade a spade -- or even refer to said spade with a polite euphemism. But a recent editorial in the paper's Ahwatukee community edition may take the cake as the daily's most misguided, misleading, and ... More >>
The Fry Bread House vs. Sacred Hogan Navajo FrybreadIndian tacos are bean tacos with lettuce and cheese, served on fry bread instead of a tortilla. In this Battle of the Dishes, we scope out two central Phoenix locales to compare the best for you. In One Corner: The Fry Bread House4140 N. 7th Ave.60 ... 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 >>
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A war for custody of 4-year-old Raven Laws includes a spurious Alabama tribe
Stranger in a familiar land
Letters from the week of April 7, 2005
Navajos say making Snowbowl snow from reclaimed water is "genocide." Please!
How Rick Schroder cast a Black Cloud over the Valley
The Zuni tribe's plans for Phoenix billboards were abruptly canceled by Clear Channel
Yavapai children used to call themselves "dumb Indians." Now they know better.
The Rodeo-Chediski fire has destroyed more than trees in Apache country
Windtalkers spins a World War II epic around Navajo codetalkers
Beleaguered San Carlos reformer could find salvation in salsa
After a 70-year hiatus and a confrontation with the world, the Makah tribe resumes its communion with the gray whale
With his 160-foot mural in a major museum and his face on the cover of a magazine, artist Steven Yazzie still loves his hometown
Not every anthropologist can digest Christy Turner's theory that the Anasazi were cannibals
Traditional Hopi are resisting a new sewer system in an old village, saying it violates federal law--and blocks spiritual communication that could doom the planet
Recall effort aims to oust Gila River tribal leader
Katsina, a mystic tale of Hopi culture, strains under the bonds of traditional staging
WHEN A LEVEE ON BABBITT RANCHES GAVE WAY, THE HAVASUPAI INDIANS WERE LITERALLY PUSHED AGAINST THE WALL. NOW THEY'RE PUSHING BACK.
WHEN ITS YOUTHS FALTERED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THE TRIBE LOOKED WITHIN
YES, OUR CASINOS HAVE ATMOSPHERE. THEN AGAIN, SO DOES NEPTUNE.