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Enviros sue to stop fracking near Petrified Forest National Park

Three environmental groups sued the Bureau of Land Management Monday to prevent fracking for natural gas and oil in more than 4,000 acres of public land near a national forest in Arizona and the state’s most important aquifer.... Read more»

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Navajo, Hualapai water-rights bills get warm reception in House hearing

Tribal leaders urged House lawmakers Wednesday to support a handful of bills that would guarantee water to their tribes in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico and fund the water treatment plants and pipelines to deliver it.... Read more»

Critics attack Trump administration push to expedite uranium mining

Tribal members, environmentalists and lawmakers told a House panel Tuesday that including uranium on a list of “critical minerals” opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk.... Read more»

Trump OKs Navajo Nation disaster declaration in wake of February storms

President Donald Trump this week approved a disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation in the wake of a February storm that dumped snow on the reservation, isolating some communities and leading to flooding.... Read more»

In Indian Country, potholes can be a bump in the road to an education

Three-fourths of roads owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs are unpaved, leaving reservation schools to spend money on maintenance for the buses that have to travel those roads. The graduation rate for American Indians/Alaskan Natives in public schools in 2016 was 72% – lower than any other race or ethnicity.... Read more»

Task force to study abuse of tribal youth, after IHS doctor convicted

The White House unveiled a task force that would find ways to prevent sexual abuse of children in the Indian Health Service, after an IHS pediatrician’s conviction last year on four counts of abuse.... Read more»

Advocates call for funding, data to find missing, murdered Native women

The United States does not have a uniform system for tracking reports of missing Native women on reservations. And what information is available is wildly inconsistent, depending on whether it is in a federal or private database, or reported by individuals or agencies.... Read more»

Fate of native children may hinge on U.S. adoption case

A case before federal appeals court judges will decide if tribal parents will continue to get preference in adopting Native American children as conservatives groups sue to end race-based adoption.... Read more»

Shutdown strains already-stressed Native American health system

Native American tribes rely heavily on federal assistance for basic services such as health care, so the government shutdown is hitting them harder than others.... Read more»1

Key tribal victories punctuate gerrymandering fight in Utah

Two Navajo candidates won seats on the San Juan County Board of Supervisors after the tribe fought to overturn district lines that gave white voters a lock in the county that is mostly native American. ... Read more»

Appeals court rejects latest challenge to Arizona’s 'ballot harvesting' law

Yet another legal challenge to Arizona’s “ballot harvesting” law was shot down in federal court Wednesday when a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn the law known as HB 2023.... Read more»

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»

Factchecking Zinke: Navajo didn't support shrinking Bears Ears

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claimed the Navajo who “live close” to Bears Ears National Monument “were all in support” of President Trump’s decision to shrink the protected land. But tribe representatives told us that’s false. In fact, the Navajo Nation and other tribes have sued the federal government over the decision. ... Read more»

Tribes say 'no thanks' to plan for scaled-back Bears Ears monument

Leaders of five tribes accused lawmakers Tuesday of 'cherry-picking' tribal members to support an 85 percent reduction in the Bears Ears monuments, and said proposed tribal management of the new monument would be in name only.... Read more»

Arizona dairy woman grows appreciation for female farmers

About 45 percent of the farmers in Arizona are women, making it the state with the highest proportion of women farmers in a declining industry, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. ... Read more»

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»

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