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Peterson Zah, a monumental Navajo Nation leader who guided the tribe through a politically tumultuous era and worked tirelessly to correct wrongdoings against Native people, has died. Zah died last week at a hospital in Fort Defiance, Arizona, after a lengthy illness, his family and the tribe announced. He was 85. Zah was the first president elected on the Navajo Nation in 1990 after the government was restructured into three branches to prevent power from being concentrated in the Chairman’s office.

President Joe Biden’s nominee Patrice H. Kunesh (Standing Rock Lakota) for Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 by a 57-35 vote. The ANA is a program office within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. ANA works to promote self-sufficiency and economic opportunity for Native people by providing funding for community-based projects, training, and technical assistance to eligible tribal nations and Native organizations.

After Mark Pooley (Diné and Hopi) retired from law enforcement due to a rare blood cancer in 2020, he continued investigative work by launching a nonprofit to help find missing and murdered Indigenous people (MMIP). A former tribal prosecutor and longtime sergeant for the City of Tempe Police Department, he founded Mesa, Ariz.-based nonprofit Native Search Solutions to leverage new investigative tools and technology in helping resolve active and cold cases related to MMIP.  Services to assist in finding missing people are provided free of cost.

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Schatz, Murkowski: Senate Confirms Patrice Kunesh As Administration For Native Americans Commissioner

Lisa Murkowski, March 9

Patrice H. Kunesh Confirmed As Administration For Native Americans Commissioner

Native News Online, March 9


Native Americans Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Food or Insulin 

Native News Online, Levi Rickert, March 6

IHS Announces Oglala Sioux Tribal Member As New Deputy Director For Intergovernmental Affairs

Native News Online, Chez Oxendine, March 6


Retired Police Officer Launches Nonprofit To Search For Missing Indigenous People

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, March 9

Boarding Schools:

Illuminative Launches Podcast About The Crimes Of Indian Boarding Schools

Native News Online, March 9

Intergenerational Trauma Often Hidden In The Numbers

Indian Country Today, Amelia Schafer, March 9


Tribal Education Reform Bills Stalled In New Mexico Legislature

Source New Mexico, Megan Taros, March 7


Peterson Zah Remembered As Inspirational Leader, Father

Indian Country Today, Noel Lyn Smith, March 12

Funeral For Peterson Zah A 100-Mile Procession To Mourn Navajo Nation’s First President

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, March 12

First Native American Woman In Space Back On Earth

Native News Online, March 11

Native American Powwow Returns To UMD. To Showcase Culture, History

The Washington Post, Dana Hedgpeth, March 11

Ex-Navajo President Zah, Guided By Love For People, Dies

AP News, Felicia Fonseca, March 9

Fact Sheet: President Biden’s Budget Delivers For Tribal Nations And Tribal Communities

The White House, March 9

Senate Committee On Indian Affairs To Meet To Set Priorities For The 118th Congress

Native News Online, March 8

‘White Saviors Are The Worst’: Minnesota Lawmaker Tells ‘White Christians’ To ‘Stop Adopting Native American Babies’ Because Changing Their Names And Identities Is ‘Genocide’

Daily Mail, Sophie Mann, March 6

A Top UC Berkeley Professor Taught With Remains That May Include Dozens of Native Americans

ProPublica, Mary Hudetz, March 5

A Hate Crime Lays Bare Hawaii’s Complicated Race Relations

AP News, Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, March 5