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White Mountain Apache Tribe Vice Chairman Kasey Velasquez said that the construction of the Miner Flat Dam was a “very important” need for the tribe to deal with their failing groundwater supply.

The federal government needs to “honor its commitment” to Arizona’s White Mountain Apache and let the tribe use funds from a federal water-rights settlement funds to continue work on the Miner Flat Dam, lawmakers said Wednesday. Read more»

Arizona pro-choice advocates hailed Monday’s ruling by the Supreme Court that said Texas’ restrictions on abortion clinics are unconstitutional, calling the decision a “significant victory for women in Arizona.” Read more»

Large trees marked to be spared ahead of a forest restoration project near Williams. Unmarked trees are cleared to help prevent the spread of wildfire should one break out.

A Flagstaff program that aims to prevent wildfires by thinning the forest surrounding the city was named a national “best in class” Tuesday in a report on use of natural defenses against catastrophes. Read more»

A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Sean Runningeagle’s claims that the attorney in his trial for a 1987 Phoenix double murder was deficient.

A federal appeals court Friday rejected an Arizona death-row inmate’s claim that he had an ineffective attorney at his trial and sentencing in the 1987 stabbing of a elderly Phoenix couple. Read more»

The dome of the Library of Congress, topped by the Torch of Learning. Democrats and Republicans accused each other of hate and censorship in the debate over a bill that would force the library to continue using the term “illegal alien” in its catalogs.

The House spent several hours in bitter debate Thursday over a Republican-backed bill that would force the Library of Congress to continue using the term “illegal alien” in its catalog instead of the library’s preferred “noncitizen.” Read more»

The Transportation Security Administration said it is not unusual to shuffle officers between airports, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport travelers should not see a change in wait times after the redeployment of 27 officers there.

TSA has pulled 27 officers from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and reassigned them to airports around the country to help handle peak travel as their summer travel seasons are heating up. Read more» 1

Sale of this Acoma shield at an auction in Paris was put on old for an investigation into charges that the artifact may have been stolen from the tribe.

French authorities halted the sale this week of a shield that the Acoma Pueblo tribe believes was stolen from them in the 1970s, according to tribal leaders. Read more»

Shawn Patrick Lynch is on Arizona’s death row for the 2001 robbery and murder of a man in Maricopa County.

An Arizona death row inmate could get another chance to challenge his sentence in a 2001 murder, after the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday overturned a ruling by Arizona’s high court. Read more»

A federal appeals court upheld the death sentences last week against Joseph Clarence Smith for the 1976 murders of two teenage girls while he was on probation for a previous rape. Read more»

A Confederate flag in a cemetery in Nashville, Tenn.

On Memorial Day, some Americans will head to local cemeteries to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers – in some cases, the graves of those who fought for the other side. One of the most cherished activities of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is the decoration of Confederate graves with that flag. Read more» 1

Tucson International Airport President Bonnie Allin told a House panel that the Transportation Security Administration needs to better coordinate with airports like hers to improve waiting times at security checkpoints.

Representatives of airports and airlines at Thursday’s Congressional hearing agreed the increased staffing is an important element. But Tucson airport chief Bonnie Allin said better coordination, and greater flexibility, is also key. Read more»

The head of the Transportation Security Administration, Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, told a House panel that a hiring surge over the next month should let the agency boost efficiency at airports without shortchanging security.

The head of the Transportation Security Administration promised lawmakers Wednesday that the planned hiring of 768 workers by June 15 will ease long wait times at airports nationwide. Read more»

Conroy Chino, left, traditional leader of the Acoma Pueblo, joined tribal Gov. Kurt Riley to ask “people of France to honor our humanity” and return cultural items set for auction.

Tribal and federal officials held and emergency meeting in Washington on Tuesday, calling for the return of Indian remains and sacred objects before a Paris auction next week. Read more»

Pascua Yaqui Attorney General Alfred Urbina told a Senate committee that the current relationship between state, federal and tribal law enforcement agencies is “unworkable, unreliable.”

A Pascua Yaqui official said Wednesday that changes to federal law allowing tribes to prosecute nonmembers for domestic violence represented “a new dawn” for Native Americans, but there are gaps in the law that need to be addressed. Read more»

Lake Mead showing the effects of drought in this file photo.

Arizona officials said Tuesday it is time to end the “gentleman’s agreement” currently governing states’ use of water from Lake Mead and instead put tougher restrictions into law. Read more»

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