Laurel Morales

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For A Navajo Voter In Arizona, Environment, Jobs Are Top Concerns

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Majerle Lister lives part-time with his grandmother on the Navajo Nation reservation. He's driven by social justice issues and, after backing Bernie Sanders, is reluctantly supporting Hillary Clinton.


For The Navajo Nation, Uranium Mining's Deadly Legacy Lingers

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Uranium mining on Navajo lands ended in 1986, but the tribe is still suffering profound health effects. The government started cleanup only recently; many of the polluters have gone out of business.


Backlash After Referee Bans Traditional Navajo Hairstyle

Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Building A New Community For The Rural Homeless

Saturday, January 30, 2016

One woman gave up a prosperous career with the goal of helping homeless people rebuild their lives.


Not Giving Up: Arizona Residents Get A New Start In Refurbished Motel

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The spirit of Route 66 is alive in a community helping homeless people rebuild their lives.


Grand Canyon Reports Of Sexual Assault Are Not Isolated Cases

Saturday, January 30, 2016

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Alzheimer's Disease Underdiagnosed In Indian Country

Monday, December 28, 2015

A Native American family that sees Alzheimer's disease as a natural part of life may be less likely to reach for resources that could help, say Arizona mental health workers. They hope to change that.


Feds Propose $940 Million Settlement With Native American Tribes

Friday, September 18, 2015

The settlement proposed by the Departments of Justice and Interior involves claims that the federal government contracted with tribes to run programs but failed to pay for all the services rendered.


Native American Goes Back To His Roots To Solve Garbage Problem On Reservations

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The Navajo and Hopi tribes produce about 300 million pounds of waste a year. And there are few places to dump it, let alone recycle. The tribes do not have landfills — only overflowin...


Navajo Nation Farmers Feel The Weight Of Colorado Mine Spill

Monday, August 17, 2015

The spill of heavy metals into the Animas River has contaminated water for hundreds of farmers in the Navajo Nation downstream, bringing up memories of past environmental disasters.


Same-Sex Marriage Isn't Law Of The Land From Sea To Shining Sea

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

While the Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, it didn't affect American Indian tribes. The 566 tribes in the U.S. are sovereign, and only 10 have legalized gay marriage.


Juvenile Justice System Failing Native Americans, Studies Show

Friday, July 31, 2015

One report shows that state courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes like truancy and alcohol use. Another, that alternatives like treatment programs are more effective.


Bringing Music And A Message Of Hope To Native American Youth

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Teens living on reservations often face a daunting array of hurdles. To help them cope, Navajo sibling musicians Clayson and Jeneda Benally are working to inspire students to write songs of their own.


Navajo Nation Witnesses Changing Landscape: Growing Sand Dunes

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A U.S. Geological Survey researcher says she's worried about the Navajo because drought, combined with increasing temperatures, are making it harder for them to live in the harsh conditions.


Many Native American Communities Struggle With Effects Of Heroin Use

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Native Americans have some of the highest substance abuse rates compared to other ethnic groups. Alcohol and meth are the drugs of choice. Now, cartels are taking advantage of lax police enforcement.


The Navajo Nation's Tax On Junk Food Splits Reservation

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Navajo Nation started taxing junk food and soda. No other tribe has passed such a law. But half of the tribe is unemployed and say they can't afford expensive food.


In Navajo Nation, Health Care is Like Pulling Teeth

Friday, April 03, 2015

Almost 70 percent of Navajo children have untreated tooth decay, but local dentist Darrin Blackman wants to change that. 


Native Americans Face Legal Challenges In Domestic Violence Cases

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Starting this month across the country, Native American tribes are now allowed to prosecute crimes against women in their own courts, even if the perpetrator is not Native American. T...


Pot Policy Splits Native Americans Over Whether Business Is Worth It

Sunday, February 22, 2015

When it comes to marijuana laws, the Justice Department is now treating American Indian tribes the way it treats states that have legalized pot.

The move, announced in December, has inadvertently sparked interest in the marijuana business. While many see dollar signs, others worry about contributing to the impact ...


For Many Navajo, A Visit From The 'Water Lady' Is A Refreshing Sight

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

For decades, residents of the Navajo Nation's Smith Lake community have had to make their water stretch; a mission trucks it in monthly from 50 miles away. But soon, they'll be getting their own well.