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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»

Legal fights over Colorado River water have been going on for more than a century but the latest challenge, from the Navajo Nation, comes in the midst of a historic drought that has sent reservoir levels in the river basin plunging to historic lows, as seen in this July 2022 photo of Lake Mead behind Hoover Dam.

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in Arizona v. Navajo Nation, it will be considering fairly technical legal questions, but the answers could have a large impact on water allocation in the Colorado River basin. Read more»

Gov. Katie Hobbs told the Arizona Supreme Court that the state’s 'deeply broken corrections system' lacks trained staff, proper procedures and may not even have the appropriate drugs to execute death-row inmate Aaron Gunches by April 6 as the court has ordered. But others have said Hobbs does not have any choice in the matter.

With just three weeks until convicted murderer Aaron Gunches is scheduled to be put to death, a court battle continues to rage over whether Arizona will be ready to execute him by lethal injection on April 6. Read more»

After an eight-year hiatus, Arizona executed three inmates by lethal injection in 2022. The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday set an April 6 execution date for convicted murderer Aaron Gunches, but Gov. Katie Hobbs said Friday that the execution will not proceed for now.

Gov. Katie Hobbs said Friday that the state will not proceed with the execution of convicted murderer Aaron Gunches, one day after the Arizona Supreme Court said it had no choice but to order his death. Read more»

After an eight-year hiatus, Arizona executed three inmates by lethal injection in 2022. The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday set an April 6 execution date for convicted murderer Aaron Gunches.

The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the execution of death-row inmate Aaron Gunches, even though state officials were moving to reverse the death warrant that had been put in motion by former Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Read more»

Wavalene Saunders, vice chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation, told a House subcommittee Wednesday that her tribe faces multiple obstacles to economic development, from lack of infrastructure to difficulty accessing capital.

The vice chairwoman of the Tohono O’odham Nation told a House panel Wednesday that economic development on her remote reservation is hobbled by everything from a lack of basic infrastructure like roads and water to inadequate capital. Read more»

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb and Yuma Regional Medical Center President and CEO Robert Trenschel, center, testified at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing to the impact surging immigration has on their communities.

Arizona officials told a House committee that local law enforcement and health care workers are ill-equipped to handle the recent surge of immigration at the southern border, the latest in a string of GOP hearings attacking the Biden administration for its handling of the border. 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»

Second-grader Winona Begaye uploads homework in her family’s vehicle near Piñon in this photo from 2020, when schools were closed by the pandemic and families without reliable internet had to drive to public hotspots to get their schoolwork. Federal officials called that a 'national teaching moment' highlighting the importance of broadband access.

The Treasury released $99.4 million in broadband funding to Arizona, money that officials said could bring broadband internet service to an estimated 127,807 households and businesses around the state. Read more»

Aliento founder Reyna Montoya, center, at the UnidosUS awards. She is flanked by friends Devin O’Brien, left, and Cynthia Aragon and, back row from left, Frankie Pastor, Denise Garcia and Frank Sharry.

An Arizona nonprofit was honored Tuesday for its push to win in-state tuition for undocumented students, a change that organizers said has moved the state from an “epicenter of hate toward immigrants into an epicenter of hope.” Read more»

Signs announcing the Super Bowl can be seen all through downtown Phoenix, but the city had limited signs near game-associated entertainment areas – so-called 'clean zones.' A court ruled Thursday that the law was an unconstitutional infringement on free speech rights. (Photo by

A Phoenix ordinance that let the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee accept or reject signs around the “NFL Experience” zone downtown is an unconstitutional infringement of free speech rights, a Maricopa Superior Court judge ruled Thursday. Read more»

Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the situation at the border had deteriorated since President Joe Biden took office, and that that is affecting public safety in his county.

Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels told a sharply divided House committee Wednesday that drug trafficking and illegal immigration is getting worse and that it’s affecting the safety of residents in his border county. Read more»

Divers assess the Wahweap boat launch ramp at Lake Powell in July 2021. when falling low lake levels pulled the water’s edge back from the end of the ramp. State and federal officials are scrambling to come up with plans to protect the river and its reservoirs, gripped in a historic drought.

Federal officials said they will consider a plan by Arizona and five other Colorado River basin states on how to further cut water consumption, even though the biggest user in the basin – California – has not signed off on it. Read more»

Advocates welcome the surge in Affordable Care Act enrollment, saying it will benefit patients as well as providers by letting people seek care before their health is in crisis. Nurse Diana Weaselboy performs a checkup at Patina Wellness Center in Phoenix in this 2019 photo.

A record number of Arizonans signed up for health insurance this year under the Affordable Care Act, as enrollment in the program continues to rebound from the Trump administration’s efforts to suppress coverage. Read more»

Emergency vehicles surround the U.S. Capitol on the night of Jan. 6, 2021, just hours after rioters left the building after failing to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s election.

An Arizona man who holed up in a suburban hotel with weapons and food to support other members of the Oath Keepers during the Jan. 6 insurrection was convicted Monday by a federal district court jury of seditious conspiracy and other charges in the case. Read more»

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