Good Morning, NUNAverse,

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Arizona v. Navajo Nationa case that will determine the merits of a 150-year-old promise from the federal government to fulfill the water needs of reservations. The Navajo Nation’s water rights have come into question as the tribe’s primary water source — the 1,450-mile-long Colorado River — has dwindled by 20% over the past two decades amid relentless drought conditions in the region.

Navajo Technical University launched its accredited doctoral program, becoming the first among more than 30 accredited tribal colleges and universities across the country to offer such a high level degree. The program will be dedicated to sustaining Diné culture and language. 

President Joe Biden is establishing national monuments on more than half a million acres in Nevada and Texas and creating a marine sanctuary in U.S. waters near the Pacific Remote Islands southwest of Hawaii. The Nevada site includes Spirit Mountain, a peak northwest of Laughlin called Avi Kwa Ame by the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Keep reading for a full news update. 


Montana Indian Child Welfare Act Gets A Senate Hearing

Native News Online, Jovonne Wagner, March 24

Rep. Peltola, Sen. Mullin Introduce Legislation To Protect 2nd Amendment Rights Of Native Americans

Native News Online, March 23

Barriers To Native American Gun Purchases Lowered In Bipartisan House Bill

Fox News, Elizabeth Elkind, March 22

Native American Church Chapter Sues Bank For Racial And Religious Discrimination

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, March 22

Alaska Sues Interior Over Land Into Trust

Indian Country Today, Joaqlin Estus, March 22

Biden Creates National Monuments In Nevada, Texas Mountains

AP News, Matthew Daly, March 21

President Biden Creates Two New National Monuments From Sacred Spaces To Native Tribes

Native News Online, March 21

SCOTUS Hears Arguments In Navajo Nation Water Rights Case

Native News Online, Elyse Wild, March 20

Mille Lacs Band Of Ojibwe Launches Initiative Opposing Multi-Billion Dollar Nickel Mine

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, March 20


$25m Grant Program Aiming To Dismantle Racism In Health And Wellness

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, March 25


Arizona AG Partners With Tribal Council To Create Training Program On Human Trafficking

AZ Mirror, Shondiin Silversmith, March 20


Right-Wing Commentator Trashes GVSU’s Celebration For Native American Students 

Native News Online, Levi Rickert, March 26

Tribe Alleges California Unfairly Denied Extended Foster Care Benefits

The Imprint, Nancy Marie Spears, March 25

State-Funded Charter School Says Native 1st-Grader’s Traditional Hair Violates Dress Code

Native News Online, March 24

Tribe Urges Army To Speed Up Return Of Child’s 1879 Remains

AP News, Mark Scolforo, March 24

Navajo Tech 1st Among Tribal Universities To Offer Phd

AP News, Susan Montoya Bryan, March 24

New Mexico Tribe Keeps Title To Portion Of National Preserve

AP News, Susan Montoya Bryan, March 23

San Carlos Apache Tribe Signs $1.5m Water Agreement With Bureau Of Reclamation

Native News Online, March 23

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Asks Army To Expedite “Long-Past-Due” Repatriation Of Its Ancestor

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, March 23

First American: Hopi/Navajo Runner Was 1st American To Finish 2023 La Marathon

Native News Online, Levi Rickert, March 22

Apaches Tell Court Copper Mine Would Harm Sacred Sites

AP News, Anita Snow, March 21

Henrietta Mann, Native America Calling Receive National Humanities Medals

Indian Country Today, Pauly Denetclaw, March 21