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For legal experts and activists, an unexpected win for Indigenous religious freedoms

Amber Ortega was facing charges for refusing to leave an area where workers were building the border wall. Her acquittal was hailed as an unexpected win for Native American religious freedoms.

Indigenous woman arrested for blocking wall construction found not guilty

Amber Ortega's defense argued her actions should be protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Baboquivari Unified School District moves to virtual learning for two weeks

The Tohono O'odham school district said it took the step to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Tohono O'odham chairman tests positive for COVID-19

Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. plans to continue work as the chairman remotely while isolating.

Navajo council votes to send big checks to tribal members

The money comes from coronavirus relief funds.

Bill allows Indigenous students to wear cultural clothing at graduation

Advocates say after a year of protests over racial injustice, it's a meaningful change.

US Treasury has issued new guidance on deadlines to spend CARES Act relief

Costs can now be considered incurred by December 31, 2021, if recipients have an order placed or have entered into a contract by that end of the year deadline.

Bill to extend deadline for tribal use of CARES Act funds has passed the House

The date proposed in the bill moves the deadline to use CARES Act funds from the end of 2021 to December 2022.

Bill would allow Colorado River Indian tribes to lease water to other cities

The bill comes amid historic low levels in Lake Mead and as Arizona faces a harsh water future.

Biden canceled the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, but an Indigenous protester is still on trial

A trial continues for one Indigenous protester facing federal charges for blocking construction machinery at a wall site in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

Tribal leaders raise concerns about redistricting

Legislative Democrats say proposed maps would leave Latinos underrepresented.

Protesters urge Sen. Kelly to support bill to protect sacred Oak Flat

The land holds religious and cultural significance to Indigenous communities.

University of Arizona kicks off scholarship fundraiser for Indigenous law students

The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program's goal this year is $30,000, and they're almost there.

Local tribes have expanded access to COVID-19 vaccine cash incentive programs

The Tohono O'odham Nation and Pascua Yaqui Tribe are offering $400 and $100, respectively, to tribal members who prove they're fully vaccinated.

"Reservation Dogs" has found a global audience, and castmember Jon Proudstar knows why.

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