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Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Co. CEO Wilson Groen said federal regulations on “fracking” would result in even more red tape delaying tribal projects.

Tribal leaders Thursday pushed for greater input on government decisions over “fracking" and stressed the importance of eliminating red tape from energy resources programs on Indian lands. Read more»

A federal appeals court said Monday that an Arizona man cannot sue a medical device manufacturer under state law for injuries from a pain pump he said left him paraplegic. Read more»

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, shown here in a February hearing, praised the tribes for their efforts, saying that without a settlement both sides faced a “limbo of endless litigation.”

Federal officials announced a $1 billion settlement Wednesday of claims filed by 41 tribes, including five from Arizona, who said the government had long mismanaged their trust lands. Read more»

Arizona Republican Sens. Jon Kyl, left, and John McCain, in this February file photo, reportedly urged Hopi and Navajo tribal leaders this week to line up support behind a settlement the senators have proposed to the tribes’ water-rights claims.

Arizona’s senators urged tribal leaders Thursday to move quickly on a proposed settlement of water-rights claims so they can push the bill through Congress before this session ends. Read more»

A man is arrested by ICE agents in Phoenix during the six-day Operation Cross Check.

Federal immigration officials arrested 64 criminals in Arizona, including six in Tucson, as part of a nationwide, six-day sweep that netted more than 3,100 people in the country illegally. Read more»

Men watch television at Tacoma Northwest Detention Center in Washington where legal and illegal immigrants are held during removal or deportation proceedings.

House Judiciary subcommittee members grilled ICE officials Wednesday on new detention standards they said read “more like a hospitality guideline for illegal immigrants.” Read more»

Arizona Republican Sens. Jon Kyl, left, and John McCain, shown here at a February hearing, have not pushed for the approval of Rosemary Marquez, a White House nominee to a U.S. District Court judgeship in Arizona.

Rosemary Marquez’s nomination to a judgeship on the backlogged U.S. District Court for Arizona has languished nine months without a hearing, even as other nominees have breezed to confirmation. Read more»

Arizona judges had some of the highest caseloads in the country, according to the U.S. District Court Judicial Caseload Profile, which also showed the percentage increases outstripping national percentages from 2010 to 2011.

Federal courts in Arizona are still in “dire circumstances” as an emergency declaration that was supposed to help judges keep pace with a crushing caseload is set to expire. Read more»

A federal appeals court upheld a multimillion-dollar award Monday to Skydive Arizona Inc. for false advertising, trademark infringement and cybersquatting by another company, Skyride. Read more» 4

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A federal court Monday rejected a string of appeals from Jared Lee Loughner and said he could continue to be medicated in an effort to restore him to mental competency. Read more» 2

The Senate Judiciary Committee has given preliminary approval to Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz’s nomination to a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Hurwitz is shown here in a file photo from his January nomination hearing before the committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz’s nomination to a federal appeals court Thursday.. Read more»

Shinnecock Nation Board of Trustees Chairman Randall King, left, and Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Co. President and CEO Wilson Groen were among a half-dozen officials of tribal groups who said Congress should remove the regulation 'bottleneck' that is stifling energy projects on their lands.

Tribal officials told a House committee Wednesday that federal regulation of energy projects on Indian lands is a “major bottleneck” that is stifling their economies and needs to be changed. Read more»

A federal appeals court Tuesday criticized the U.S. attorney’s office in Arizona for failing to “acknowledge and take responsibility” for the courtroom behavior of a federal prosecutor the court had chided last month. Read more»

A federal appeals court has taken what some attorneys called the unprecedented step of demanding to know if the government plans to prosecute seven illegal immigrants who have no other criminal record. Read more»

Attorney General Eric Holder told a House committee investigating Operation Fast and Furious that the Justice Department has already provided thousands of pages of documents but will not give lawmakers everything they want.

House members accused Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday of stonewalling their probe of Operation Fast and Furious, and threatened him with contempt unless the Justice Department hands over thousands more documents. Read more» 1

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