Laurel Morales

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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 overflowing waste transfer stations — so there are hundreds of illegal dump sites. One Hopi man is trying to change that.


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. Three tribes have been piloting ways to honor both the tribal and federal legal systems.


Pot Policy Splits Native Americans Over Whether Business Is Worth It

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Some tribes are trying to set up growing operations after the Justice Department announced it would back off enforcement. Others worry about the potential for substance abuse.


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.


Martin Litton, Devoted Conservationist, Dies At 97

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Litton spent his life preserving wilderness. Whether it was keeping dams from the Colorado River or a ski resort in the southern Sierra to preserving the redwoods, he refused to compromise.


Navajo Court May Disqualify Presidential Candidate Over Language Credential

Friday, September 26, 2014

Candidates are required to speak Navajo fluently. But one of the two candidates who won the primary doesn't. He says he's a product of cultural destruction.


Proposed Gondola For Grand Canyon's Rim Has Community On Edge

Monday, August 04, 2014

Developers and the Navajo Nation are negotiating to bring a tourist complex — and jobs — to the edge of the Grand Canyon. But some Native Americans say the project would tread on sacred land.


Dad Of Fallen Arizona Hotshot Hopes To Make Better Fire Shelters

Monday, June 30, 2014

The father of one of the 19 firefighters who died a year ago in the Yarnell Hill Fire wants to create shelters that better shield against direct flames.


Chester Nez, Last Of Navajo Code Talkers, Dies At 93

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Chester Nez of Albuquerque, N.M., was among 29 tribal members who developed an unbreakable code that helped win World War II. He was 93 and the last of the original U.S. Marine Code Talkers.


Grand Canyon Officials Want To Evict Bison From Park

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Officials who oversee the Grand Canyon want to evict a heard of bison. The herd has grown too big and is overgrazing park land, draining already low water resources and trampling archaeological sites.


Flagstaff Neighborhood Wants Campfires Outlawed In National Forest

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Slide Fire hasn't forced residents in Flagstaff, Ariz., to evacuate. But they're worried about the potential for another wildfire, and what it could do to their homes and businesses.