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Tribal boarding schools much improved, but legacy of old system remains

Indian boarding schools led to more than a century of abuse, systematically seizing Indigenous land, separating children from families and destroying communities - while advocates say modern schools are not perfect, they are a far cry from horrors of the past.... Read more»0

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A special routine: Arizona's Rep. Schweikert a top user of House ‘special order’ speeches

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert has given a special-order speech 29 times in the current Congress - and 82 since he took office in 2011- as he shows "the math behind the top issues in front of my colleagues and our country.”... Read more»0

Supreme Court ruling against EPA hurts, may not hobble clean air in Arizona

The Supreme Court ruled this summer that the EPA could not force power plants to move away from fossil fuels, but in Arizona, a market-driven shift away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy has long been in the works at the power plants in the state.... Read more»0

Hualapai leader urges Senate to OK water plan, as wells fail in drought

Hualapai Chairman Damon Clarke told a Senate committee Wednesday that getting access to Colorado River water is “the only feasible solution” for his tribe, whose wells are failing under the stress of the continuing drought. ... Read more»0

Giffords goes from advocate to White House honoree to documentary focus

A new documentary, “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down,” opens with the mass shooting at a Tucson grocery in 2011 that left Giffords near death and follows her painful recovery from the attack that has left her partially paralyzed and with aphasia.... Read more»0

Arizona nominee for federal judgeship grilled by GOP senators in hearing

Republican senators on Wednesday grilled Arizona attorney Roopali Desai, a nominee to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, over her history of working for progressive causes and her work fighting claims of 2020 election fraud. ... Read more»0

Despite Supreme Court OK to end it, 'remain in Mexico' continues for now

Advocates waiting for the Biden administration to end the “remain in Mexico” immigration policy could be waiting weeks, or more, despite the Supreme Court ruling last month that the administration has the authority to do so. ... Read more»0

First images from Webb Telescope leave Arizona contributors 'speechless'

NASA released five “stunning” full-color images from the James Webb Space Telescope, all with never-before-seen detail - and Arizona scientists who have worked on the telescope said the images came out better than they could have imagined.... Read more»0

Biden: Medal of Freedom recipients Giffords, McCain & others are ‘soul of our nation’

President Joe Biden honored 17 Americans on Thursday, including the late Sen. John McCain and former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, considered the nation’s highest civilian award. ... Read more»0

New Museum of the American Latino has 1st exhibit in Smithsonian space

A display in the National Museum of American History is the first exhibit by what will eventually become the National Museum of the American Latino - but with that museum years away, a space in the Smithsonian will serve as its display for the next decade.... Read more»0

Giffords, McCain to be honored next week with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Gabby Giffords and the late John McCain were among the 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom announced Friday by the Biden administration, making them among the relatively few Arizonans to be honored with the nation's highest civilian honor.... Read more»0

School lunch program, a 'game changer' for kids, gets last-minute reprieve

A pandemic-era program that greatly expanded access to school lunches won a last-minute extension through the summer, “fantastic” news for the tens of thousands of Arizona kids who have relied on those meals, advocates said. ... Read more»0

Federal firefighters get pay boost, say more needed as wildfires keep growing

Advocates welcomed the announcement this week that pay for federal firefighters will increase by as much as $20,000 this year, what one official called a potentially “life-changing” step for the chronically underpaid crews. ... Read more»0

Bill advances for 'truth and healing' panel for Indian boarding schools

A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would create a commission to investigate Indian boarding schools, despite Republican concerns over the scope and power of the commission. ... Read more»0

Arizona lawmakers split as House passes gun reform after Uvalde shooting

Arizona legislators voted on party lines this week as the House rushed through a pair of sweeping gun reform bills just weeks after a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school left 19 students and two teachers dead. ... Read more»0

After Uvalde, Arizona schools balance hard & soft deterrents to attacks

With little hope that state lawmakers will pass gun-control measures in the wake of the latest school shooting, Arizona educators find themselves balancing the competing goals of hardening schools while making them welcoming places. ... Read more»0

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