Laurel Morales

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For Some Native Americans, Uranium Contamination Feels Like Discrimination

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In the Navajo Nation, waste from old uranium mines has proved to be an insidious health hazard. Even spring water has become radioactive.

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To Get Calcium, Navajos Burn Juniper Branches To Eat The Ash

Monday, August 21, 2017

Most American Indians are lactose intolerant, which means they need to find nutrients outside of dairy sources. It turns out that a return to traditional cooking methods can be key to good health.

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The Idea Was To Keep Kids Safe After School. Now They're Chess Champions

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

This low-income elementary school will send dozens of kids to the SuperNationals of chess this week in Nashville, Tenn.

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On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That Doesn't Stink

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fundraising is underway for a new filtration system at an Arizona school for Navajo children with disabilities. Now, the water runs black and smells like rotten eggs, but is technically safe to drink.

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Navajo Workers At Coal-Fired Power Plant Brace For Its Closing

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The largest coal-fired power plant in the Western U.S. will shut down 25 years earlier than expected. Environmentalists are celebrating, but hundreds of Navajo workers there are devastated.

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Border Wall Would Cut Across Land Sacred To Native Tribe

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Tohono O'odham tribe on the U.S.-Mexico border says a wall would desecrate a mountain where they say their creator lives. Still, they want to help Donald Trump keep illegal border-crossers out.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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