Laurel Morales

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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.


Federal Goverment Jeopardizes Navajo Family's Ties To Its Home

Friday, May 16, 2014

The National Park Service says that an 89-year-old Navajo elder will be the last to live at Wupatki National Monument. Stella Peshlakai Smith's family faces eviction when she dies.


Reporter's Notebook: Hopi Sacred Objects Returned Home

Monday, August 19, 2013

A reporter runs into a conundrum: how to describe a sacred Hopi item without using certain forbidden words to do so.


From Cops To Lawyers, Indian Country Copes With High Crime

Monday, August 05, 2013

The Navajo Nation is one of the most violent reservations in the country. The U.S. attorney's office tries to take on the most violent crimes, but it often lacks enough evidence to prosecute. And because of antiquated tribal codes, the maximum Navajo court sentence is one year.


Navajo Schools Lose Funding Due To Sequestration Cuts

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Indian reservations don't collect state property taxes, meaning most of their education budget comes directly from the federal government. With graduation rates already low, administrators worry about what larger class sizes and fewer school buses will do to the community.