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Shondiin Silversmith, AZ Mirror

Shondiin Silversmith, AZ Mirror

Shondiin Silversmith is an award-winning Native journalist based on the Navajo Nation. Silversmith has covered Indigenous communities for more than 10 years, and covers Arizona's 22 federally recognized sovereign tribal nations, as well as national and international Indigenous issues. Her digital, print and audio stories have been published by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic, Navajo Times, The GroundTruth Project and PRX's "The World." Silversmith earned her master's degree in journalism and mass communication in Boston before moving back to Arizona to continue reporting stories on Indigenous communities. She is a member of the Native American Journalist Association and has made it a priority in her career to advocate, pitch and develop stories surrounding Indigenous communities in the newsrooms she works in.

Gila River Indian Community breaks ground on pipeline project to address Colorado River drought

By: - May 24, 2023

Only a month after finalizing funding agreements, the Gila River Indian Community broke ground on its new Reclaimed Water Pipeline Project to help the community with water resources and conserve more water in Lake Mead. The 19.4-mile pipeline was developed in record time, said Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis, and the community […]

National commission on the MMIP crisis meets in Arizona to hear testimony, recommendations

By: - May 16, 2023

Five empty chairs sat at the front of the Not Invisible Act Commission hearing, each wrapped in a shawl, blanket or quilt representing a different group of individuals impacted by human trafficking or with a loved one who is missing or murdered. “We want to allow space for representing our relatives,” commission member Grace Bulltail […]

AZ Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Task Force holds first meeting

By: - May 12, 2023

The Arizona task force will prepare and submit a report to Gov. Katie Hobbs with recommendations for administrative or legislative action on or before Dec. 1 of each year through 2026.(Photo by Shelby Wyatt for Source NM)

Tucson approves move to return ancestral land to the Tohono O’odham Nation

By: - May 2, 2023

The Tucson City Council is moving forward with the effort to return the ancestral homelands near the base Sentinel Peak to the Tohono O’odham Nation for its continued preservation and reverence. The city council unanimously approved the motion to transfer land ownership during a study session before their regular council meeting on April 18. The […]

Indigenous student settles lawsuit against Arizona school district

By: - May 1, 2023

Four years after being denied entry into her graduation ceremony because she wore an eagle plume on her graduation cap, Larissa Waln is finally getting a bit of justice as her family settled their lawsuit against the Dysart Unified School District. “My family filed this lawsuit to protect Native peoples’ right to honor our religious […]

Navajo Nation to get federal funding following disaster declaration

By: - April 18, 2023

People across the Navajo Nation were hit with severe winter storms in January, resulting in heavy snow, flooding and mud that blocked and destroyed roads and isolated families from resources. Because of the impact of those severe winter storms, the Navajo Nation will receive federal emergency aid to help the tribe recover. President Joe Biden […]

Tribal leaders support push for creation of Grand Canyon national monument

By: - April 13, 2023

The Grand Canyon is the ancestral homeland of multiple tribal nations in the Southwest, and tribes still rely on the canyon for natural and cultural resources that are significant and sacred to their communities. And in an effort to sustain the natural resources provided by the Grand Canyon, tribal leaders in the Grand Canyon Tribal […]

Gila River Indian Community receives $233M in water conservation, infrastructure funding

By: - April 11, 2023

The Gila River Indian Community will receive up to $233 million in funding for conservation agreements that will help the tribe and other water users along the Colorado River Basin protect the stability and sustainability of the Colorado River system. “We’re facing serious challenges right now in the Colorado River Basin as a result of […]

Former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly dies at 75

By: - March 24, 2023

Former Navajo Nation President and Council Delegate Ben Shelly died on March 22 from a long-term illness at 75. Shelly served as Navajo Nation President from 2011 to 2015. Before being president, Shelly served as vice president from 2007 to 2011 and as a Navajo Nation Council Delegate from 1991 to 2007, where he represented […]

Black-necked stilts alight in the pools in Sunland Park, where the high groundwater creates year-round pools that offer sustenance and a home to creatures in the desert landscape.

$116M available for locally led conservation projects proposed by tribes, states

By: - March 7, 2023

In an effort to fund locally led landscape-scale conservation and restoration projects, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced grant funding opportunities available through the 2023 America the Beautiful Challenge. “Through the America the Beautiful Challenge, we are catalyzing investments from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to pursue locally led, collaborative and inclusive approaches to […]

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San Carlos Apache Tribe receives funding to address contaminated environmental sites

By: - February 1, 2023

The San Carlos Apache Tribe is set to receive more than $166,000 in funding to help it address contaminated brownfield sites that threaten environmental and public health of the tribe. The funding comes from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law passed last year, and was inserted into the legislation by Arizona Sens. Kyrsten Sinema […]

A yellow sign with black and turquoise lettering describes COVID mask requirements on the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Nation has lifted its mask mandate, fully reopening to the public

By: - January 25, 2023

Almost three years after it was instituted to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Navajo Nation has lifted its mask mandate, making mask use optional in public spaces and businesses for the general public. By removing the mask mandate, the Navajo Nation is now considered fully reopened to the general public. “It’s time for the […]