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(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune Men, women and children from Native American tribes throughout the West show their regalia during the Grand Entry at the 41st Annual Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Restoration Gathering, Aug. 13, 2021 in Cedar City, Utah.

Lawmakers considering bill that would let Indigenous students wear Native regalia to graduation

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 21, 2021, 12:47 a.m.

(Alastair Lee Bitsóí | The Salt Lake Tribune) Protesters march to close the White Mesa Mill on October 9, 2021.

Residents hold spiritual walk against the White Mesa Uranium Mill

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 14, 2021, 4:53 p.m.

(Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Carl Moore, chairperson for Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogue and Organizing Support, listens as the Salt Lake City Council unanimously votes in favor of making the second Monday of October Indigenous Peoples Day during their regular Council Meeting in Salt Lake City Tuesday October 3, 2017.  The Utah League of Native American Voters has worked with Council member Charlie Luke (District 6) to bring this resolution to a vote. If successful, Salt Lake City will join 26 other cities across the country in adopting Indigenous Peoples Day. Replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is an important step towards historical truth and cultural reconciliation in this country.

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, native Utahns call for recognition

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 11, 2021, 12:07 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)  Zion National Park hikers hoping to beat the crowds on park trails wait their tun in line to catch a free shuttle at first light. Every bus leaving the Zion Canyon Visitor's Center in the morning is filled to capacity, carrying some 60 people in each car of the two-car shuttle. "This is nothing," said shuttle host Celeste Fuentes about the endless rows of hikers. "Sometimes it's all the way to the parking lot."

A rise in tourism comes with headaches for officials at Zion National Park

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 11, 2021, 7:40 p.m.

(Kevin McGill | AP) Rosa Soto Alvarez, of Tucson, holds a flag of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe as she and other Native Americans stand outside the federal appeals court in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was hearing arguments on the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which gives Native American families preference in adoption proceedings involving Native American children. Alvarez is a supporter of the law.

Lawmakers prep bill to protect Indigenous children in Utah’s child welfare system

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 10, 2021, 11:38 p.m.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) In this May 5, 2015, photo, hikers walk on the Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion National Park.

Rescue season in Zion ‘one for the record books’

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 5, 2021, 1:54 a.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The 150 acre Panguitch Research Farm is the former location of the Panguitch  Boarding School for mostly the Kaibab and Shivwitz bands of the Paiute Indian Tribe that operated from 1904 to 1909. In 1909, the property once owned by the U. S. government was transferred to the state of Utah where the land was used for experimental high-altitude farming. Today, it sits mostly vacant, except for the dilapidated lone brick building that dates back to the 1900's.

Interior calls for tribal input as it prepares report on Indigenous boarding schools

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 1, 2021, 11:45 p.m.

(Panguitch Utah History) Pictured are the students at the boarding school for Native Americans just north of Panguitch, Utah, that ran from 1904 to about 1909.

As Utah begins to uncover its Indigenous school history, survivors use Orange Shirt Day to remember

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | September 30, 2021, 4:09 p.m.

(Dave Showalter) The director of Utah Diné Bikéyah Traditional Foods Program, Cynthia Wilson (Diné), holds potatoes that have grown in Utah for more than 11,000 years.

11,000-year-old solution to modern problem: Ancient potato could thrive in changing climate

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | September 28, 2021, 2:45 p.m.

(Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)
Danny Gonzalez, 6, plays outside of his home in Westwater on Thursday, August 19, 2010. The Navajo residents of Westwater live without running water, plumbing, sewage disposal or electricity.

After decades without basic infrastructure, Navajo community asks for access to running water, electricity – again

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | September 25, 2021, 2:25 p.m.

(Jacob James | Special to The Tribune) Niagara Rockbridge of Piñon, Ariz., was coronated as Miss Navajo Nation for 2021-2022 at a pageant at Window Rock, Ariz., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

Newly crowned Miss Navajo Nation ‘thrilled’ and ‘humbled’ to become ambassador for her community

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | September 19, 2021, 1:18 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) This photo, taken Sept. 13, 2017, shows Mesa Farms owner Randy Ramsley separating curds and whey into molds to drain and age into raw tomme or semi-hard alpine cheese. Ramsley sells a variety of goat milk cheese and yogurt at his farm's storefront on Highway 24, east of Capitol Reef, Utah, and at Tony Caputo's in Salt Lake City.

Culinary community helps cheese farm that lost goats in Hanksville floods

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | September 15, 2021, 4:41 p.m.

(Cinder Player | Special to The Tribune) The southern Utah towns of Cedar City, Enoch, and Hanksville have been hit with at least six-foot flood waters, and community members there still feel the impacts of these floods days after experiencing these local disasters.

Flooded Utah towns going without federal relief

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | September 9, 2021, 4:11 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The 150-acre Panguitch Research Farm is the former location of the Panguitch Boarding School for mostly the Kaibab and Shivwitz bands of the Paiute Indian Tribe that operated from 1904 to 1909.

Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah asks for space to grieve over bodies of children likely buried at site of former Indigenous boarding school

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | Courtney Tanner | September 3, 2021, 11:11 p.m.

(IEMBot SLC) More showers and thunderstorms are possible in Utah on Thursday.

Flash flood hits Hanksville with 6 feet of water

By Scott D. Pierce | Alastair Lee Bitsóí | September 3, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Visitors entering Montezuma Creek Community Health Center are screened for possible COVID-19 symptoms with a temperature check, June 24, 2020.  The Montezuma Creek clinic is one of five other Utah Navajo Health System clinics in San Juan County.

With high vaccination rate and masks, the Navajo Nation confronts delta COVID wave

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | August 23, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The 150-acre Panguitch Research Farm, still in operation Aug. 12, 2021, is the former location of the Panguitch Boarding School for mostly the Kaibab Band of Paiutes in Arizona and the Shivwitz Band of Paiute Indians of Utah that operated from 1904 to 1909. In 1909, the property once owned by the U. S. government was transferred to the state of Utah where the land was used for experimental high-altitude farming. Today, it sits mostly vacant, except for the dilapidated lone brick building, at left in the distance, that dates back to the 1900's.

Bodies of Paiute children believed to be buried at site of former Utah Indigenous boarding school

By Courtney Tanner | Alastair Lee Bitsóí | August 24, 2021, 12:09 a.m.

(Chris Wonderly/National Park Service, via AP) Hovenweep Castle at Hovenweep National Monument on the Colorado-Utah border. Activists say Hovenweep's dark skies are in danger.

Hovenweep’s dark skies are at risk from oil and gas, activists say

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | August 17, 2021, 6:43 p.m.

(MMIWhoIsMissing) Ella Mae Begay, a 62-year-old Navajo woman, has been missing since June. Searches have extended into southern Utah.

Family presses for answers in the case of missing master weaver Ella Mae Begay

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | August 6, 2021, 1:50 a.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Standing water in a neighborhood of Enoch, from the heavy rains on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021.

Enoch prepped for floods. It didn’t help when the rain came.

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | August 3, 2021, 12:06 a.m.

(Cinder Player | Special to The Tribune) Heavy rains flooded the bottom floor of an apartment building and impacted Cedar City and surrounding areas Monday, July 28, 2021.

Cedar City braces for more rain as it recovers from flash floods

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | July 29, 2021, 11:32 a.m.