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A federal appeals court was asked – for a second time – to consider whether the proposed Resolution Copper Mine will infringe on the religious rights of local Apache by creating a massive crater on land that tribal members consider sacred. It is the latest twist in a years-long fight over the project.

The land in Arizona's Tonto National Forest may soon be transferred to Resolution Copper, a foreign-owned company that plans to build a copper mine on the land the Apache people say is necessary for their most important religious ceremonies. Read more»

Navajo President Buu Nygren stands behind Navajo Code Talker Peter MacDonald, in wheelchair, outside the Supreme Court, where justices heard the tribe’s challenge to the federal government’s handling of tribal water rights.

Supreme Court justices pressed government attorneys Monday on their argument that the treaties that put the Navajo on reservation lands implied an intent – but not a duty – for the government to provide water to the tribe. Read more»

An executive order issued by Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs prohibits hair-based discrimination against state employees and contractors in the workplace and public schools. The order is part of the CROWN Act movement.

An executive order issued by Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs Friday prohibits hair-based discrimination against state employees and contractors in the workplace and public schools. The order was inspired by the CROWN Act, which was enacted by Tucson and Tempe in 2021. Read more»

Abortion-rights supporters gather in front of the federal courthouse in Amarillo on Wednesday.

In an Amarillo courthouse last week, lawyers seeking to move abortion medication off the market focused less on the existential question of when life begins — and more on an attempt to resurrect a long-dormant law that would upend abortion access in the United States. Read more»

The new proposal builds on a law passed last year that requires all public school librarians, with some exceptions that SB1700 would eliminate, to post every newly purchased book on the school’s website and provide parents with a detailed list of books their child has checked out.

The Arizona Senate on Monday approved Senate Bill 1700 - which gives parents the power to request the removal of any book that “promotes” gender fluidity or the use of gender pronouns - on a 16-12 vote, with Republicans providing all of the votes in favor. Read more»

A screenshot from the briefing in the case shows the Navajo reservation situated between Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

The fight for water in the West heads to the Supreme Court next week where the justices will decide if Arizona has a duty to give the Navajo Nation a share of the region's most precious resource - recognition of their water rights to the Colorado River. Read more»

St. Patrick's Day 2015, Dublin, Ireland

The Festival of St. Patrick began in the 17th century as a religious and cultural commemoration of the bishop who brought Christianity to Ireland. In Ireland, there’s still an important religious and cultural component to the holiday, even as it has simply become an excuse to wear green and heavily drink in the rest of the world. Read more»

Whether it's the lilting strains of a classic folk song or the pounding of three-chord punk rock — or the omnipresent U2 — the music of the small island of Ireland has influenced artists throughout the world. So raise a glass of Guinness, tap your toe or even get up and dance a bit as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day with song. Read more»

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insures bank deposits up to $250,000.

After the largest U.S. bank failure in more than a decade, the federal government blamed the bank failures in part on the 2018 law that rolled back regulations for smaller and medium-sized banks, and rushed to reassure Americans that the U.S. banking system was stable. Read more»

Tucson resident and Holocaust survivor Andrew Schot, right, speaks at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society on Feb. 24, 2023, with Anthony Fusco Jr., who is the society’s education coordinator.

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society is opening a new interactive activity as part of its exhibit “Stories of Survival: An Immersive Journey Through the Holocaust,” utilizing virtual reality to guide visitors through the Netherlands home of Anne Frank. Read more»

Peterson Zah gives a speech at Diné College on April 7, 2017.

Former Navajo President, 85, Peterson Zah, died Tuesday at his home in Window Rock, Arizona, after a lengthy illness. Read more»

Leo had taken a leave of absence from the Federalist Society to advise President Trump on judicial appointments, helping shepherd the appointments of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and helping to fill more than 200 other positions in federal district and appellate courts.

Leonard Leo, the longtime Federalist Society leader who helped create a conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court, has moved on to the Teneo Network, a little-known group he called “networks of conservatives that can roll back” liberal influence. Read more»

In a split vote Tuesday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved the Libertarian Party's request to appoint a perennial fringe political candidate and outspoken Holocaust denier as a precinct committeeman. Read more»

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaks at the screening of a documentary on a former secretary, Arizona native Stewart Udall, who supporters credit with pushing a range of environmental gains during his tenure.

A new documentary - “Stewart Udall and the Politics of Beauty” - paints the former Interior secretary, who died in 2010, as a uniting force revered for pushing forward the environmentalist movement in addition to promoting desegregation and tribal sovereignty. Read more»

The Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Sonora in November 2021.

Two Mexican men were sentenced to prison Wednesday for attempting to smuggle weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition into Mexico through Nogales, Ariz., in two separate cases from last summer. Read more»

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