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Lawmakers: Obama won’t OK Grand Canyon monument before leaving

President Barack Obama will leave office Friday without declaring a new 1.7 million acre national monument around the Grand Canyon, Arizona lawmakers said this week.... Read more»

Navajo, feds sign agreement giving tribe greater control over schools

Federal officials signed an agreement with Navajo leaders Tuesday giving the tribe the authority to implement a single set of standards, assessments and accountability measures for tribal schools that are scattered over three states.... Read more»

Navajo welcome $45M from feds for schools, but say need persists

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivered $45 million of “long overdue” construction funds Thursday for two long-neglected schools in the Navajo Nation, the last of 14 schools promised funding there 12 years ago. ... Read more»

Arizona tribes eye plan for flexibility under No Child Left Behind

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is encouraging tribes to apply for NCLB waivers so that Native schools can include more of their history and culture in their curricula.... Read more»

Feds: Despite slow start, catastrophic wildfires could heat up summer

Federal officials said Tuesday they will be “ready when fire strikes,” but raised concerns over funding for the upcoming wildfire season and the growing threat of catastrophic wildfires in the drought-stricken West.... Read more»

Interior secretary brings Native American 'listening tour' to Az

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell received a tour of an elementary school on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on Tuesday as part of a "listening tour." She says that in many ways the federal government has failed Native American youth.... Read more»

Feds fund Navajo schools 11 years after replacement deemed a priority

Eleven years after it identified two deteriorating Navajo schools as priorities for replacement, the federal government could finally be ready to fully fund those projects. Next year.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Udall: Gray wolf delisting not sound science

Forty-six years ago in 1967, my father Stewart Udall — as Secretary of Interior — issued the first endangered species list under the Endangered Species Preservation Act. His list included such great American icons as the timber wolf, red wolf, bald eagle, grizzly bear, American alligator, and the peregrine falcon.... Read more»4

Interior Sec. points to need to conserve Colorado River water

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell cited the Colorado River and Lake Mead as examples of the water conservation problems that she called one of the top issues facing her department.... Read more»

Feds, White Mountain Apaches sign 'historic' water-rights deal

The federal government and White Mountain Apache tribe signed a “historic” water-rights agreement Tuesday that the two sides said will guarantee water for the tribe and benefit Phoenix water users as well.... Read more»

Desert storm brews over Obama renewable energy plan

America’s deserts are stark, quiet places, where isolation and the elements have long kept development at bay. To outsiders, these arid expanses may not seem like prized land. But they are poised to play a key role — and perhaps, to serve as a battleground — in President Obama's plan to double U.S. electricity from wind, solar, and geothermal sources by 2020.... Read more»

Feds approve solar-power project proposed near Quartzsite

Federal officials gave a green light Monday to a proposed 100-megawatt solar-power plant near Quartzsite, a project that supporters say could create 438 short-term construction jobs and 50 full-time jobs.... Read more»