Arlyssa Becenti

Arlyssa Becenti

Arlyssa Becenti is a Diné journalist with 10 years experience reporting on Navajo Nation. She recently placed first for Arizona Press Club’s community investigating reporting for her series on the illegal hemp and marijuana farms in Shiprock, N.M. She was also awarded Arizona Press Club’s 2020 Nina Mason Pulliam Environmental Journalism Award for community reporting. She has reported for the daily Gallup Independent and weekly Navajo Times. She is pursuing her masters in investigative journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

Indigenous voters betrayed by Sinema’s actions in Congress, officials and advocates say

By: - January 26, 2022

Registering people to vote in rural areas and in tribal nations takes work. During a pandemic, the effort was monumental. During the 2020 elections, Tara Benally and other folks with Rural Utah Project put in hundreds of hours talking to people one by one about how and why it’s important to register to vote. Through […]

Volunteer delivery of firewood to Navajo elders faces cash crunch

By: - December 9, 2021

GALLUP, N.M. – Navajo elders who are in need of wood to heat their homes to stay warm as it gets colder turn to the mutual aid effort Chizh for Cheii. Loren Anthony  founded the group 10 years ago, and the work continues to be a vital resource. Chizh for Cheii has become a staple […]

Navajo Nation police chief stepping down next month

By: - December 2, 2021

Navajo Nation Police Chief Phillip Francisco is leaving the position he’s held for five and half years. He’ll instead become chief of police for Bloomfield, N.M., and will begin his new job Jan. 4.  Before Francisco was named Navajo Nation police chief, it had been well over a decade since someone was in that role. […]

Rally to bring attention to Murdered and Missing Indigenous people

Reported missing, but attention still absent

By: - October 15, 2021

Mary Margret Begay from Grand Canyon, Arizona, has been missing since Aug. 2, 1957. Paul Benally from Winslow, has been missing since May 1, 1972. Gloria Ann Talley went missing out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 19, 1986 and hasn’t been heard from since. These are just a few of the forgotten missing that […]