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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»

Ducey: Flags at half-staff to honor slain Navajo Nation officer

Flags at state office buildings will be flow at half-staff to honor Navajo Nation Officer Houston James Largo, who died after a weekend shooting on the reservation in rural New Mexico, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered.... Read more»

Hard choices ahead as officials look at future of Navajo power plant

Despite pledges to look for alternatives, closing the Navajo Generating Station in Page could devastate the economy of the small Northern Arizona town, where hundreds of jobs rely on the plant and affiliated coal mine and where experts see few, if any, workable solutions.... Read more»

State of Indian Nations: Hopeful, but cautious, as Trump replaces Obama

Tribal leaders said they hope to see a continuation of the gains in tribal and federal relations under the Trump administration that they said began during the administration of President Barack Obama. ... Read more»

With coal-fired power costs high, TEP's Navajo Generating Station to close by 2019

The owners of the Navajo Generating Station in Page voted today to keep the plant operating until its lease ends in December 2019, pending agreement with the Navajo Nation on site reclamation. The coal-fired plant has been under financial pressure from historically low natural gas prices.... Read more»

Tribes say feds gave them run-around, not aid, after Gold King spill

Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, the tribe’s president told a Senate panel Wednesday.... Read more»

Tribes eye Trump: Some welcoming, some wary of new administration

While some are unabashed supporters, other Native American officials are taking a wait-and-see approach to the Trump administration, recognizing potential positives but also raising concerns about tribal sovereignty and other issues.... Read more»

Tribal leaders give Obama high marks for Native American relations

President Barack Obama told tribal leaders Monday that they had come a long way since he took office eight years ago, but that there is still work to be done to solve problems in Indian Country.... Read more»

Senate subpoenas EPA chief over Animas River spill

A Senate committee issued a subpoena Wednesday demanding that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy or an assistant administrator appear at an April 22 hearing in Phoenix on the Gold King Mine spill.... Read more»

Six months after Gold King Mine crisis, concerns linger

Six months after the Gold King Mine spill dumped nearly 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, regulators say the immediate threat has passed, but others say the long-term threat remains.... Read more»

Lawmakers, tribal officials blast EPA for Animas River spill response

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Wednesday blasted the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of a toxic spill in the Animas River, saying the agency’s response left his tribe feeling abandoned, uncertain and hopeless.... Read more»

Grand Canyon at 'confluence' of popularity, money and conservation

With millions visiting the Grand Canyon each year, the natural wonder has become the focus of two proposed developments. One would create a tramway from the rim on the Navajo Nation. Another would add hundreds of homes just south of the national park. ... Read more»