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Hopi journalist leads others on journey of Phoenix Indian School, other Native American history

For Patty Talahongva, the best part about the job is getting to uncover so much of indigenous history that can’t be found in textbooks.... Read more»

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Thin on broadband: Tribal areas still struggle with lagging technology

Fewer than half the households on tribal lands in Arizona have access to broadband internet, and only one – the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe – exceeds the state average, according to the Census.... Read more»

After 11 years, activists & owners still digging into legal battle over Rosemont Mine

A proposal for a massive open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson will be back in court this month as opponents challenge permits for the project, the latest twist in the battle over the Rosemont Mine.... Read more»

Native American farmers plan moves to global market, greater sustainability

Native Americans are the primary operators of more than half of all farm or ranches in the state, making Arizona’s agriculture landscape unique.... Read more»

Solar could replace Navajo Generating Station power, but not its jobs

Solar power advocates say a 250-megawatt renewable-energy facility could be in place in time for the late-2019 closure of the Navajo Generating Station, if permitting and construction began right away.... Read more»

Feds’ land buyback program has paid $175 million to Az tribes so far

Arizona tribal members have received more than $175 million in the first four years of a federal program to buy back and consolidate parcels of land that are now split between multiple owners, the Interior Department said Tuesday.... Read more»

Tribes, Grijalva lead move to conserve Gila River land

Native American tribal leaders, archaeologists and Congressman Raúl Grijalva are seeking to designate more than 84,000 acres curving along the Gila River as a national monument.... Read more»

Tribes, Grijalva ask Obama to protect 1.7M acres at Grand Canyon

Tribal leaders joined Rep. Raul Grijalva on Tuesday urging President Barack Obama to designate 1.7 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a national monument, bypassing Congress in the process. ... Read more»

Code talkers belatedly honored with Congressional Gold Medals

Warren Kooyaquaptewa did not live long enough to be honored by his country for his military service, but his daughter said Wednesday that the Hopi man would have been proud to see that day finally come. Kooyaquaptewa was one of more than 200 Native American code talkers, including 12 men from three Arizona tribes, to be honored with Congressional Gold Medals on Wednesday.... Read more»

EPA gives SRP decade to clear Grand Canyon air

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing steep reductions in emissions from the Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired plant near Page. Salt River Project, the plant's operator and a part-owner, says the equipment required for the reductions would cost up to $1.1 billion. ... Read more»

Historic $3.4 billion settlement clears way for tribal payments

Native Americans could start getting payments by the end of this year from a historic $3.4 billion settlement of tribal claims that the federal government mismanaged trust funds for years, an attorney said this week.... Read more»

Hopi law overhaul could ‘open the door’ to lower crime

The Hopi tribe is one of the first in the nation to use a new federal law that lets tribal courts triple the penalties they can hand down in criminal cases. The change gives tribal officials the authority to prosecute felonies for the first time in decades.... Read more»

Tribal water-rights bill all but dead for this Congress

A bill that would have allocated $350 million for three drinking-water projects on the Hopi and Navajo reservations is nearly dead, according to sources on both sides of the proposal.... Read more»

Az water allocations bump against limit of Colorado River flow

The decades of compacts, laws, contracts and regulatory guidelines that are supposed to manage bordering states’ use of the Colorado River have come to be known collectively as the “Law of the River.” But the Law of the River could soon bump up against the laws of physics.... Read more»

Navajo lawmakers reject proposed water-rights settlement

Navajo lawmakers voted Thursday to reject a congressional plan to settle tribal water-right claims in the Little Colorado River basin, capping months of debate by the tribe.... Read more»

Hopi lawmakers breathe new life into water deal

Hopi lawmakers gave new life Thursday to a congressional plan to settle the tribe’s water-rights claims in the Little Colorado River basin, apparently backtracking from a vote last week to reject the plan.... Read more»

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