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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»

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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

Breaking the code of the Navajo Nation

For many Americans, the word Navajo conjures up images of the World War II code talkers who used their unique language to encrypt secret radio messages sent to the front lines. Here’s what many don’t know about the most populous Native American tribe in the United States.... Read more»

Grijalva tapped as Dem leader on Natural Resources cmte

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva has been elected by House Democrats as the ranking member on the Natural Resources Committee. "Our environmental protections will be challenged like never before under the Republican-controlled House and Senate, but under my leadership, Natural Resources Democrats will ensure the protections that took generations to build up will not be torn down," said Grijalva, the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus.... Read more»4

Appeals court upholds Renzi racketeering conviction

The federal circuit court rejected claims by Renzi and associate James Sandlin that the evidence against them was insufficient. Renzi was convicted in 2013 of shifting money from his insurance firm to his campaign and trying to engineer a land deal in exchange for supporting legislation.... Read more»1

Judge upholds 20-year ban on new uranium mines near Grand Canyon

A federal judge Tuesday upheld the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 20-year ban on adding new uranium mines on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon, rejecting a claim by a coalition of mining industry groups that the move is a violation of their rights.... Read more»

Court: Mine can give job preference to Navajo workers on tribal land

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Peabody Western Coal Co. can give preference to Navajo tribal members when making hiring decisions for mines on the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

How Mexico’s cartel crackdown smashed its iron industry

A government offensive against the Knights Templar cartel has had the side effect of leaving thousands of miners out of work.... Read more»1

House panel asked to approve water-rights deal for Hualapai, Freeport

The Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014 would guarantee some water rights for the Hualapai Tribe, allow Freeport Minerals Corp. to continue operating its Bagdad copper mine and provide the state with lands for wildlife protection, supporters said. ... Read more»

Attorneys spar over withdrawing Grand Canyon-area land from uranium mining

A lawyer representing the Havasupai Tribe and environmental groups says the decision to withdraw 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon from new uranium-mining claims for 20 years will protect cultural and natural resources. Mining groups say the move interferes with their rights. ... Read more»

Enviros push Congress on abandoned uranium mine cleanup

The grass-roots advocacy group launched in April with the goal of getting Congress to mandate cleanup of the more than 10,000 abandoned mines in the country, at least 500 of which are on the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

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