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Native Youth Forced to Navigate Complex, Contradictory Jurisdictions

Generations of historical trauma and increased exposure to violence make young Native Americans more vulnerable to the complicated, often contradictory clutches of the juvenile justice system, legal experts say. Once in the justice system, Native children become lost in a jurisdictional web, a dysfunctional state system, and a federal system that has no proper place for them.

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AZ Gun Sales Hit Record in 2020, Driven by Pandemic, Protests, and Politics

The Arizona spike is part of a nationwide increase Background checks for gun purchases in Arizona hit their highest level ever in 2020, driven by an unprecedented convergence of a pandemic, a summer of national unrest, and a presidential election, experts said. With a month left to go in the year, 610,911 background checks had...

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Tribal Leaders Optimistic About Biden; Haaland Nomination a Good Start

Native leaders said they were encouraged by Biden’s past “track record with Indian Country.” The federal government may not have a stellar track record when it comes to keeping promises with Native Americans, but tribal leaders in Arizona said they think President-elect Joe Biden could be the exception. Their hopes were reinforced last week when...

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3 Arizona Tribal Leaders to Cast Vote Electoral College Votes Today

Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, and Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. will join eight other Democrats to cast the state’s votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

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Navajo National Hospitals at Breaking Point in Worsening COVID-19 Surge

Officials warned the coming surge new COVID-19 in cases would be worse than the first when the tribe recorded some of the highest infection and death rates nationwide.

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Rise in COVID-19 Cases Could Push Arizona’s Hospitals—and Staff—to Their Limits

Health experts worry that with widespread surges of the virus happening nationwide, there won't be enough healthcare workers to go around.

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‘Disruptive and Cruel’: Native Americans Worry as Supreme Court Weighs Repeal of Health Care Act

Officials say "millions" of Native Americans throughout the country could lose healthcare if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.