Navajo Nation

San Juan County ends legal fight against Voting Rights Act decision
San Juan County ends legal fight against Voting Rights Act decision
The first-ever Navajo majority commission halted a legal challenge to the ruling that ended discriminatory voting boundaries.
Characters on the margins: An interview with Sydney Freeland
Characters on the margins: An interview with Sydney Freeland
Navajo director Sydney Freeland shares the story behind a career spent celebrating the lives of outsiders and underdogs.
Environmental victories don’t guarantee economic justice
Environmental victories don’t guarantee economic justice
Without a just transition, the Navajo Generating Station closure will have harmful consequences.
How the Americans with Disabilities Act could affect Native American voters
How the Americans with Disabilities Act could affect Native American voters
The relocation of polling sites near the Navajo Nation months before midterm elections raises concerns of future voter suppression.
In southern Utah, Navajo voters rise to be heard
In southern Utah, Navajo voters rise to be heard
San Juan County’s Navajo population has lived for decades with a minority white government. This election could change that.
Nature Retreat
Nature Retreat
This issue is bound by the idea that the ecological crises are inseparable from the problem of human domination. Our feature story describes a coastal town in Southern California that is asking whether it can, or should, retreat inland from rising seas. Also in this issue: The Navajo Nation's renewed police force, prisoner strikes, conspiracy theories in Arizona and a tribute to the life and work of Ed Marston, one of High Country News' longtime visionaries.
Neighbors on call to help care for one another
Neighbors on call to help care for one another
Community health programs are thriving in Haiti, Montana and the Navajo Nation.
Arizona water utility chooses solar over coal
Arizona water utility chooses solar over coal
The decision tips the ailing Navajo Generating Station closer to its planned closure.
Drilling Chaco
Drilling Chaco
Conflict in the West constantly remakes itself. This issue looks at new iterations of those fights: A water battle over rural wells in Washington, Cliven Bundy’s victory rally for Freedom and Property, and the struggle of Navajo Nation residents to prevent more oil and gas exploration in historically important lands.
Native voices aren’t being heard on Bears Ears
Native voices aren’t being heard on Bears Ears
Members of the Navajo Nation are not ‘conquered subjects.’
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Navajo council rejects plans for Escalade’s tram, shops, restaurants.
A map of language charted by Navajo philosophy
A map of language charted by Navajo philosophy
Esther Belin is trying to shape a uniquely Navajo way of writing.
Navajo small businesses help stabilize booms and busts
Navajo small businesses help stabilize booms and busts
To build a sustained community, the Navajo Nation experiments with entrepreneurs.
What a doctor learns after a life’s work
What a doctor learns after a life’s work
A pediatrician reflects on his work in Navajo Nation.
The Navajo Nation’s coal economy was built to be exploited
The Navajo Nation’s coal economy was built to be exploited
When the plant closes, the Navajo people will suffer.
Wild Ride
Wild Ride
Lessons from the fossil fuel boom and bust in New Mexico, rock snot stream ecology, water delivery in rural Navajo communities and more.
The Dust Detectives
The Dust Detectives
New research from dust experts, non-native goats in the La Sal Mountains, new drone laws, Navajo Nation presidential election and more.
Why are Hopi rangers impounding sheep at Black Mesa?
Why are Hopi rangers impounding sheep at Black Mesa?
The latest in a fraught relationship between Navajo and Hopi in northern Arizona.
Fracking Georgia O'Keeffe Country
Fracking Georgia O'Keeffe Country
Drill rigs pop up near Navajo communities, Chaco Canyon and the iconic Black Place.
When California Kicks Coal
When California Kicks Coal
As California kicks its coal habit, economies across the West feel ripple effects. The Navajo Nation digs into its coal economy, geoduck fishermen in the Pacific Northwest take a new tack, and more.
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