Native American Issues

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland credit: US House of Representatives
New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland was confirmed as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior by the US Senate on March 15 by a vote of 51-40. Secretary Haaland, an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo, will be the first Native American to serve in a cabinet-level position. Haaland...
Distribution of goods, hunting agreements, and support of special counsel to the Utah Governor were all items discussed at the February 9 meeting of the Navajo Utah Commission. Members of the commission received a report from Pearl Yellowman, of the Navajo Nation Division of Community Development....
The Navajo Utah Commission was visited by Navajo Nation President Johnathan Nez at their January 20 meeting. Nez briefly spoke with the commission telling them his office looks forward to bringing Utah Diné priorities to new administrations in Utah, as well as in Washington, DC. The Navajo Utah...
As part of the omnibus bill passed on December 21, Congress passed the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act. The bill was sponsored by Utah Senator Mitt Romney with support in the House from all members of Utah’s delegation, but especially from Representatives Rob Bishop, John Curtis and Ben...
The Navajo Utah Commission outlined their priorities for the upcoming Utah legislative session at their December 8 meeting. The Navajo Utah Commission is made up of chapter presidents from the seven chapters in San Juan County. In addition, the Commission includes members of the Navajo Nation...
Understanding and addressing the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has been brought to the forefront in the United States, with hundreds of organizations working to prevent and eliminate violence against Native Americans. There is currently little data to understand how...
According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 252,000 people live in Washington, Iron, Kane, Garfield, and Beaver counties. The five counties make up a single health district known as the Southwestern Utah Health District. In contrast, the population of San Juan County is estimated at 15,000....
Last week ten Native American runners participated in a 360-mile prayer run from San Juan County to Salt Lake City. The Running As Medicine Indigenous Youth Prayer Run began on Tuesday, September 1 at Bears Ears National Monument and concluded at Warm Springs in Salt Lake City on Saturday,...
San Juan School District
A $3.9 million dollar project to increase wireless internet accessibility (Wi-Fi) for students in the River Region of the San Juan School District (SJSD) will be paid by the State of Utah. In the August 20 special session of the Utah State Legislature, the legislative bodies passed HB6002...
Schools throughout San Juan County, included pictured Monticello Elementary, will delay their start by two days
San Juan County School Board finalized plans ahead of the start of the academic school year later this month. Key items passed include 100 percent remote learning for students in the south part of the county for the start of the year. The district moved the first day of school for students from...

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