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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.

Large census undercount of Indigenous people on tribal lands means fewer resources, political power

By: - April 12, 2022

Indigenous people living on tribal land were the group most likely to be undercounted in the 2020 Census, according to an analysis released by the U.S. Census Bureau, which means tribal governments will have fewer federal resources and less political power. According to the Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) released by the U.S. Census Bureau in March, Indigenous people […]

Tribal officials, advocates hail renewal of Violence Against Women Act

By: - March 18, 2022

Tribal leaders, advocates, and communities across the country are applauding the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which includes the extension of tribal jurisdiction over non-Native perpetrators of sexual violence, sex trafficking, stalking, child violence, and obstruction of justice. “The Violence Against Women Act is an important step forward in addressing jurisdictional gaps that […]

Replacements for removing derogatory names on federal lands published

By: - February 25, 2022

The Department of the Interior’s Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force published a list of replacement names for the geographic features with the name “sq***,” which was officially declared a derogatory term last year by Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland. “Words matter, particularly in our work to make our nation’s public lands and waters accessible and […]

Non-profit provides relief for COVID-positive Navajo & Hopi families

By: - February 15, 2022

Glenda Wheeler handed a list of food items to her helpers for the day as they all stood behind their shopping carts inside the Window Rock Bashas’, ready to shop. Wheeler let them know they are serving four families today, and everything listed on the shopping list needed to be purchased to fulfill the request. […]

‘Demand is still high’: Nonprofit steps up PPE distro across Navajo and Hopi nations

By: - January 21, 2022

Parked in front of a Bashas in Dilkon, near the southern boundary of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Amanda Yazzie and Hector Begaye take a quick break inside their work van to enjoy some lunch, even as multiple vehicles continued to stop at the driver’s side window to honk for their attention.  Some vehicles move […]

Facing rising COVID-19 case numbers, the Navajo Nation issues new tribal public health orders

By: - January 17, 2022

Since the start of the year, the Navajo Nation has reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, with as many as 525 cases on Friday. In response, the tribe is updating public health orders aimed at curbing the spread of the illness. It also means that schools in Navajo country are once again at “red […]

‘This is your police department’: Daryl Noon sworn in as new Navajo Nation chief of police

By: - January 13, 2022

Becoming the Navajo Nation chief of police was not on Daryl Noon’s radar when he started at the Navajo Nation Police Department in 2019 as the deputy chief. He already liked what he was doing and was recruited directly by former Navajo Chief of Police Phillip Francisco after Francisco took charge of the department in […]

Navajo Nation will send $2,000 to adults and $600 to kids in COVID-19 hardship aid

By: - January 6, 2022

The Navajo people are getting some much needed help from their Tribal government as another round of COVID-19 hardship assistance checks are expected to roll out soon. Enrolled citizens of the Navajo Nation can expect funds in the coming weeks with $2000 for every adult and $600 for minors, after Navajo Nation Tribal leaders signed […]

Indigenous traditional knowledge to be included in US efforts against climate change for first time

By: - November 17, 2021

For the first time in history, a presidential administration has committed to incorporating traditional Indigenous knowledge into the scientific, technical, social and economic advancement of the United States. President Joe Biden pledged on Monday during the opening of the White House Tribal Nations Summit to be the first president to work with the tribes to […]

Biden signs executive order to address violence against Indigenous people

By: - November 16, 2021

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Monday addressing violence against Indigenous communities. “These efforts are a matter of dignity,” Biden said during the opening ceremony for the White House Tribal Nations Summit. “That’s the foundation of our nation-to-nation partnership.” The executive order directs the departments of Justice, Interior, Homeland Security, and Health and […]

Native American Heritage Month celebrates Indigenous communities across the nation

By: - November 3, 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month, and for Indigenous people across the country, it’s a chance to share the unique ancestry, traditions, and contributions their communities make today and have made throughout history. “Far too often in our founding era and in the centuries since, the promise of our Nation has been denied to Native […]