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Judicial nominee defends tribal law record in low-key Senate hearing

Federal appeals court nominee Eric Miller tried to dispel concerns last week about his record on tribal law, telling a Senate committee that his previous work on behalf of clients did not foretell how he would rule as a judge.... Read more»

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Tribes strike back: Native Americans work to overcome voter laws they say diminish their influence

Across the West, Native Americans are fighting to overcome voter ID laws, polling place closures and voter registration purges. They could affect key midterm elections... Read more»

Federal judge in Texas strikes down Indian Child Welfare Act

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that the law "elevates a child's race over their best interest."... Read more»

Long-shot Senate bill could boost Native voting protections

U.S. Senate Democrats introduced legislation last week that could provide Native American communities a way to combat what they say are disenfranchising state voting laws and the recent gutting of Voting Rights Act protections.... Read more»

Despite thin record on Native law, tribes wary of Kavanaugh nomination

Add Native Americans to the list of groups concerned about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.... Read more»1

Navajo group takes protest against coal-fired power plant to Manhattan

A group of Navajo environmentalists took their fight against the Navajo Generating Station to Manhattan on Monday, where they protested outside the offices of an investment firm that might save the Arizona electrical plant.... 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»

Tribal affairs agencies make progress, not enough to satisfy senators

Federal agencies that oversee Indian affairs are making progress toward fixing management shortcomings that landed them on a list of “high-risk” agencies, but not enough progress to satisfy some senators.... Read more»

After decades, tribal courts & police slowly regaining lost authority

Congress has only recently started to reverse the trend, but for most of the last 50 years tribal law enforcement had to refer any serious crime to federal or state law enforcement agencies with scant resources – and little interest, critics say – to investigate those crimes.... Read more»1

Zinke, tribal leaders discuss solutions to Native American opioid epidemic

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met Monday with Arizona tribal leaders to discuss possible solutions for the national opioid crisis, which affects Native Americans more than any other minority.... Read more»

Trump's Interior secretary in Arizona: 'Clearly, we're going to build a wall'

"Clearly, we're going to build a wall," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in Arizona during his first tour along the U.S.-Mexico border, but he said he will listen to experts to "mitigate" the effects of border barriers. ... Read more»

White Mountain Apache water measure sidetracked by labor regulations

A bill to provide desperately needed water-project funding for the White Mountain Apache tribe was expected to pass easily last week, but instead became the focus of a partisan fight over labor regulations.... Read more»1

Advocates worry FCC changes to phone program could hit Indian Country hard

The Federal Communications Commission is moving to rein in a low-cost telephone service for low-income customers that critics say will hit Indian Country hard if fully implemented.... Read more»

Tackling domestic violence within Native American communities

One in four women and one in seven men have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime, but Native American women experience domestic violence at rates 50 percent higher than the national average.... Read more»

Supreme Court won’t hear Az case on custody fight over tribal kids

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an Arizona case that pitted a non-Indian mother and Indian father against one another in a fight for custody of their children.... Read more»

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