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An aerial image shows two large ponds of uranium tailings with Sleeping Ute Mountain in the background.
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Wednesday evening, July 8, 2020

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Ken Lund via Flickr

Friday evening, July 3, 2020

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Independence Day is often seen as a day to commemorate the founding of the country, to reflect on American values and celebrate freedom. But as protests against racial injustices and police brutality continue in Utah and across the country, some are marking the holiday by focusing instead on the progress they hope to see. 

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Brian Albers / KUER

Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020

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Wednesday morning, June 24, 2020

A decorative road sign reads “Welcome to Moab, Grand County, Utah.”
Kate Groetzinger / KUER

Tuesday morning, June 23, 2020

Four people stand in front of a sign that says Diné Pride.
Screengrab via 24th Navajo Nation Council Facebook

Same sex marriage is not recognized as legal on the Navajo — or Diné — Nation, nor are LGBTQ people protected from gender-based discrimination by law.

Close up photo of the George Floyd mural.
Brian Albers/KUER

Monday morning, June 22, 2020

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Brian Albers / KUER

Thursday morning, June 18, 2020

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Erik Neumann / KUER

The Navajo Nation is one of the hardest hit areas in the country by COVID-19. The reasons for that are complicated and bound up in years of history. One person trying to make sense of it is Farina King, a citizen of the Navajo Nation and a professor at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.

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Friday morning, June 12, 2020

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Bureau of Land Management

Thursday morning, June 11, 2020

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Wednesday evening, June 10, 2020

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Wednesday morning, June 10, 2020

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Kate Groetzinger / KUER

The Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act passed the U.S. Senate on June 4, bringing thousands of Navajo families one step closer to getting running water in their homes. 

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Kate Groetzinger / KUER

Friday morning, June 5, 2020

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Kate Groetzinger / KUER

The Navajo Nation has taken drastic steps to fight COVID-19, which has already taken more than 250 tribal members’ lives. Hotels on the Navajo Nation are only allowed to house essential workers, and the Nation’s president, Jonathan Nez, has also asked tourists to stay away.

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Kate Groetzinger / KUER

MONUMENT VALLEY, UTAH — Nearly 100 vehicles lined the road next to Monument Valley High School Monday morning. One by one they entered the school parking lot, where missionaries from the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hoisted live sheep into the bed of each truck. 

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Brian Albers / KUER

Wednesday evening, June 3, 2020

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Brian Albers / KUER

Wednesday morning, June 3, 2020

A line of people on a sidewalk hold signs that say "She was my sister" and "Have you seen us? Pueblo Nations"
Courtesy of Meskee Yatsayte

In a first of its kind call Friday, a task force set up by President Donald Trump that focuses on missing and murdered indigenous women hosted a forum to discuss how the crisis is affecting Native Americans in the Southwest. 

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Senior Airman Franklin R. Ramos / U.S. Air Force

Wednesday morning, May 27, 2020

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Brian Albers / KUER

Tuesday morning, May 26, 2020

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Kate Groetzinger / KUER

MONUMENT VALLEY — It’s a bright and blustery day at Monument Valley High School, and the graduation decorations in the courtyard keep blowing away.

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Courtesy Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum

Thursday morning, May 21, 2020

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Utah Highway Patrol

Wednesday morning, May 20, 2020

Stock photo of leftover food on a table.

Monday morning, May 18, 2020

Two nurses wearing protective gowns talk to people in cars in a parking lot.
Kate Groetzinger / KUER

BLANDING — While COVID-19 is ravaging the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, there have been fewer than 10 confirmed cases in Blanding, where less than 200 people have been tested for the disease. 

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  Friday morning, May 15, 2020

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Brian Albers / KUER

Wednesday morning, May 13, 2020