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Groups to feds: Tighten mining rules in light of Colorado spill

Citing the release of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a southwestern Colorado river earlier this month, a coalition of conservation groups, two Native American tribes and two county governments in Arizona petitioned federal agencies Tuesday to tighten mining regulation on public lands.... Read more»

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Az officials hopeful, watchful as toxic release moves toward Colorado River

Arizona officials said Tuesday they continue to monitor a massive spill of toxic mining sludge that is heading downstream toward the Colorado River, but are hopeful that it will have little impact by time it reaches the state. ... Read more»

UA digs into mining law with new center

A Global Mining Law Center is being set up at the University of Arizona's law school as "an interdisciplinary unit that will educate lawyers, miners and others involved with the huge and complex global mining industry."... Read more»

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Grijalva: Congress must rebuild trust with Native American tribes

Ask any Native American tribe for a story about working with Congress and you'll probably hear a story of frustration. There are too many examples to count of Washington not taking tribal sovereignty seriously, ignoring trust and treaty responsibilities, and failing to protect Native American historical treasures.... Read more»

Apache vow fight to block Oak Flat land swap

The protest to preserve Oak Flat turned heated Wednesday as San Carlos Apache tribal members, rallying at the Capitol, vowed to do whatever it takes to reverse a deal to turn Oak Flat over to a mining company.... Read more»

Apache bring Oak Flat copper mine protest to White House

A caravan of San Carlos Apache members sang and prayed in Washington Tuesday for the preservation of sacred sites in southeast Arizona.... Read more»

Feds approve 25-year extension for mining, burning coal at Navajo plant

Federal officials approved a multi-year deal last week to allow expanded mining of coal on Navajo lands and continued burning of it at the nearby Four Corners Power Plant, along with other measures.... Read more»6

Apaches renew protest of Oak Flat copper mine

Members of a Native American tribe in Arizona took to the roadways on Monday to protest against a proposal for a massive copper mine at a small town east of Phoenix, vowing to protect sacred lands.... Read more»

Convicted ex-congressman Renzi's last-ditch appeal turned down

Former Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi will continue to serve out his sentence in federal prison for extortion and other charges stemming from a land-swap deal, after the Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal on Monday. Renzi, who represented Arizona's 1st District from 2003 to 2009, was convicted in 2013 on conspiracy, extortion and money laundering charges and is serving a 36-month sentence.... Read more»

Mexican cartels robbing millions from multinational corporations

When gunmen in Mexico carried out one of the world’s biggest ever gold heists this month, Canadian pit operator McEwen Mining was left looking at $8.5 million in lost metal.... Read more»

FactCheck: Santorum and the EPA’s mercury rule

Rick Santorum misrepresented the EPA’s impact analysis of a new agency rule that would reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other toxins.... Read more»

Judge tosses out Rosemont mine's air permit

The development of the controversial Rosemont copper mine hit a roadblock Friday after a Maricopa Superior Court Judge overturned a state-issued permit for air quality. ... Read more»

San Carlos Apache Tribe claims small victory in dispute over sacred land

The San Carlos Apache Tribe has been protesting at the Oak Flat campground for nearly two weeks in an attempt to protect land they deem sacred. Tribal leaders say they’re working with U.S. forest officials to continue their protest of Resolution Copper’s future mine in eastern Arizona. ... Read more»

Protests mount over Resolution Copper mine on Apache ancestral land

Protesters across Arizona are working to bring attention to a federal land exchange they say endangers an area sacred to the San Carlos Apache tribe. Some marched nearly 50 miles to decry the Resolution Copper Mine near Superior.... Read more»

San Carlos Apache tribe begins 40-mile march to protest copper mine

Dozens of people sang, danced and prayed outside the San Carlos Apache tribe’s office on Thursday morning before heading out on a 44-mile journey they hope will protect their ancestral lands at Oak Flat campground. The protesters organized the march to express their anger over a federal land exchange that gave a copper mining company permission to mine land sacred to the Apache people.... Read more»1

Threatened bird puts brakes on Coronado National Forest mine

Federal regulators recently pulled back approval for exploratory drilling for copper near Patagonia. The area could be home to yellow-billed cuckoos, which were recently declared threatened, as well as other endangered species like jaguars and Mexican spotted owls. ... Read more»1

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