In southern New Mexico, humans drastically altered the course of the Rio Grande decades ago to better serve farmers and an international water treaty. Today a government-led effort is attempting to restore the river to a more natural state.
April 20, 2015
Thousands of mostly poor Hispanic people live in border communities called colonias with no access to running water or electricity. Now the Obama administration wants the four border states that receive federal funds for colonias to increase spending there by 50 percent.
April 17, 2015
If all goes as planned, Navajo voters will finally get a chance to cast their ballot for the tribe’s president April 21. The election was postponed in November over a language issue.
A border crossing that's seen as part of a template to rescue damaged, rural economies along the Rio Grande has marked its second anniversary. The symbolic importance of the crossing was heralded by visits from cabinet secretaries from the U.S. and Mexico.
Mexico has awarded a contract to a group of Texas companies to build a natural gas pipeline from the energy-rich Permian Basin of west Texas to the border. The line would run through ranch land where many owners vehemently oppose the project. But in Texas, pipeline builders can legally seize private land under the power of eminent domain.
Environmental groups plan to appeal a federal judge’s decision that would allow a uranium mine south of Grand Canyon National Park to operate.
This month the Navajo Nation started taxing junk food and soda. No other tribe, and only one city — Berkeley, Calif. — has successfully passed such a law. Navajo leaders are trying to trim obesity rates that are almost three times the national average. But half of the tribe is unemployed and say they can’t afford more expensive food.
Friday marks the first night of the Jewish holiday Passover, which begins with the traditional seder meal. At the seder, many Jews have a custom of saying by the time the holiday rolls around next year, they hope they will be in Jerusalem. But in fact, many wind up right here in Arizona.
A Louisiana man has been sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge in Arizona for leading a human smuggling organization based in the state.
Starting April 1, the Navajo Nation will be the first in the country to impose a tax on chips, cookies, soda and all junk food.
A federal court ruled Monday in favor of Indian families saying South Dakota violated the Indian Child Welfare Act when it didn’t allow families their day in court. This case could affect similar cases throughout the United States.
Old cars that have little resale value in the U.S. are being towed in caravans that begin in California, Arizona and Texas and end up in Guatemala. The vehicles are fixed up there and sold across Central America. The process represents a small but sustainable economy in one particularly impoverished section of Guatemala on that country’s northern border with Mexico. But the risks travelers face on the week long trip are severe.
The Mexican border city of Juárez hosted superstar Juan Gabriel over the weekend and unveiled a six-story mural in his honor. The events are part of the city's ongoing effort to shed its violent image and encourage more tourism.
The Navajo Nation must spend millions of federal dollars on housing in a timely manner or lose the funds. And the tribe has found a way around the bureaucratic red tape to build more homes faster.
More Latinos have healthcare coverage following the second enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new national poll.