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Navajo school immerses tribal youth in Diné language and culture

“Béédaałniih: Diné bizaad bídahwiil’aah. Táadoo biligáana k’ehjí yádaalłti’í. Ahéhee’.” These are the first words that visitors see on a sign at the entrance of Tsé Hootsooí Diné Bi’ Olta’, an elementary immersion school that teaches the Navajo language to its 133 students on the capital of the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

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GOP lawmakers say Trump should make good on campaign pledge on Jerusalem

President Donald Trump’s first official trip overseas this week took him to the capital cities of Riyadh, Brussels, Vatican City and Tel Aviv – but some Arizona lawmakers think he went to the wrong capital city while in Israel.... Read more»

Residents tell Congress about drawbacks, benefits of life on federally owned land

An Arizona rancher and state legislator told Congress that he has been “held hostage” for years by the red tape that accompanies federal ownership of lands in the West. But Kendra Pinto, who lives on the Navajo Nation, testified that she welcomes federal stewardship of the lands around her home.... Read more»

Trump’s first budget draws praise, pans from Az lawmakers

The White House said its proposed $4.09 trillion budget shows “respect for the people who pay the bills,” but Arizona Democrats said deep domestic cuts make it a “dangerous plan” that will hurt the most vulnerable Americans.... Read more»

House panel calls for crackdown on ‘growing problem’ of visa overstays

House members called on Homeland Security officials to crack down on the “growing problem” of immigrants who overstay their visas in the U.S. "With this year’s number of border apprehensions at a record low, visa overstays are a much, much bigger problem than they have been historically,” said Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

Az universities push for gender equality when hiring faculty

Percentages vary, but generally state universities follow the national trend, with the University of Arizona's faculty at 43.2 percent women, Arizona State University at 45.4 percent, and Northern Arizona University at 49.9 percent in Fall 2016.... Read more»

Supreme Court sends second divorce settlement case back to Arizona

he U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Arizona Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling in a divorce settlement between a retired member of the military and his ex-wife, the second time in a week it has done so.... Read more»

Homeland Security: More than 600,000 overstayed U.S. visas in 2016

Nearly 629,000 people who came to the U.S. on a visa in fiscal 2016 stayed after it expired and were still here at the end of the year, the Department of Homeland Security reported. The Center for Migration Studies said that people overstaying their visas exceeded those crossing into the U.S. illegally every year since 2007.... Read more»

Group fights to revive Ajo’s economy after decades of recession

Ajo, Arizona, once nearly a ghost town, is in the hands of a single nonprofit seeking to save the economy by getting residents back into school and the workforce.... Read more»

Court: Reading death-row inmate’s outgoing mail violates his rights

The Arizona Department of Corrections violated a death-row inmate’s rights to an attorney and to free speech when officers read mail the prisoner was sending to his lawyer, a federal appeals court ruled last week.... Read more»

Teachers speak out about working conditions, and they’re not happy

For the past decade, the vast majority of Arizona counties have faced a teacher shortage at the beginning of the school year, and as school districts head into the summer many teachers expect more of the same. And they’re not surprised.... Read more»1

Bills to ease Border Patrol hiring advance in Senate, stall in House

A Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill that would make it easier to hire Border Patrol officers by waiving polygraph tests for applicants who are current or former military, police or other law enforcement officers.... Read more»

Tucson VA one of four in nation to offer service for transgender vets

The transgender clinic at the Southern Arizona VA is one of just four such clinics in the entire Veterans Affairs system.... Read more»

Az migration trends tracked on 'death map' of discovered bodies

It might take a second for the computer to load, but then it’s there: a map of Southern Arizona nearly completely covered with red markers, so dense in some areas that it’s black. Each marker indicates one migrant who died trying to cross the U.S./Mexico border into Arizona.... Read more»

Environmentalists face uphill battle over proposed border wall

As the bidding war for the construction of President Donald Trump’s wall comes to a close, many environmental activists remain concerned over the potential impact it will have on wildlife and ecology on the border.... Read more»

Advocates fear Superfund budget cuts further delay cleanup of sites

In the nine years since the former smelter near her house in Dewey-Humboldt was added to the EPA’s list of toxic Superfund sites, Rose Eitemiller said she’s seen some progress. But not much.... Read more»

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