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Broadband internet access to homes and businesses in tribal areas is lower than elsewhere in the country, where the density of customers makes broadband service a more attractive business proposition.

Fewer than half the households on tribal lands in Arizona have access to broadband internet, and only one – the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe – exceeds the state average, according to the Census. Read more»

Arizona phone numbers got an average of 3 million robocalls every day in the first four months of this year, an 81 percent increase over the same period last year despite efforts to stop them. Phone scams and telemarketing are among the most common complaints to the state attorney general’s office.

On a typical day in Arizona this year, more than 3 million robocalls were made to phone numbers in the state, an increase of more than 1.4 million a day from just a year earlier. Read more»

The lawsuit, originally brought by 10 children in the state’s care, said state agencies failed to provide proper placements or medical care. A federal appeals court upheld most of a lower court’s ruling that said it could proceed as a class-action lawsuit.

A divided federal appeals court Friday ruled that a class-action lawsuit over the state’s care of foster children can proceed against the Arizona Department of Child Safety and the state’s Medicaid agency. Read more»

The Census Bureau reported this week that voter turnout was up across the board in 2018, but a new study of Latino voters in Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Florida said their turnout was up sharply and contributed to Democratic advances in those states.

A new report says Latinos are on track to be the largest minority voting group in 2020, when an estimated 32 million will be eligible to vote. Read more»

Workers repair a section of border wall near Calexico, California, in this 2018 photo. The Department of Homeland Security is waiving dozens of regulations to speed construction of 57 miles of wall in the Yuma and El Paso sectors of the border, which will be funded by the Pentagon.

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed that it will waive dozens of environmental, health and other laws to clear the way for construction on about 58 miles of border barriers, including 12 miles of fencing near Yuma. Read more»

The House Ethics Committee is reportedly looking into payments by the campaign of Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, to his Capitol Hill chief of staff.

The House Ethics Committee released details of its probe of Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, that began last year, finding “substantial reason to believe” he may have approved improper office expenditures and campaign contributions. Read more»

Supporters of the Violence Against Women Act at a rally outside the Capitol on Thursday after the House approved a renewal of the law, which lapsed two months ago. Its future in the Senate is less certain.

Two months after it let the Violence Against Women Act lapse, the House voted to renew the 25-year-old law that extends protections for victims of domestic violence. Read more»

Tohono O’odham Chairman Edward D. Manuel and other witnesses urged the House Natural Resources Committee to support a bill that would extend the life of a program that funds water rights projects for many tribes.

Tribes argue that a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is needed to provide certainty to their water rights passed 2029, to ensure the government meets obligations it has already agreed to providing. Read more»

From right, transgender veterans and active-duty soldiers Connie Rice, Army Capt Jennifer Peace, and Ann Murdoch listen as Democratic lawmakers talk about their vote condemning a Trump administration ban on transgender military service.

Two days after courts removed the last hurdle to a Trump administration ban on transgender military service, the House voted 238-185 Thursday to condemn the ban – but not block it. Read more»

In the wake of an Indian Health Service doctor’s conviction on charges he sexually abused Native American children, a White House task force has been charged with finding ways to protect indigenous children in the future.

The White House unveiled a task force that would find ways to prevent sexual abuse of children in the Indian Health Service, after an IHS pediatrician’s conviction last year on four counts of abuse. Read more»

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that some undocumented immigrants can be held without bail, possibly years after they have committed a deportable crime, while authorities determine their deportation status. Read more»

The United States does not have a uniform system for tracking reports of missing Native women on reservations. And what information is available is wildly inconsistent, depending on whether it is in a federal or private database, or reported by individuals or agencies. Read more»

Dreamers like Jessica Garcia, at podium, joined Democratic House members at the unveiling of a bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients like her.

House Democrats unveiled legislation Tuesday that would provide a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 2 million immigrants protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, Temporary Protected Status and other programs. Read more»

Capt. Jennifer Peace, who was posted for a time to Fort Huachuca, served when an earlier ban on transgender soldiers was in effect. She says her quality of life vastly improved when the ban was lifted in 2016.

Transgender troops face an uncertain future awaiting a final court ruling on the Trump Administration's ban of transgender troops enlisting or being booted after they are diagnosed. Read more»

The suicide rate was 30.1 per 100,000 veterans in 2016, compared to a national rate of 17.5. The numbers were sharply higher in Arizona, with an overall rate of 23.4 suicides per 100,000 and a vets’ rate of 44.1.

Arizona was one of seven states that met with federal officials and veterans groups in Washington to develop a strategy for reversing the complex problem of suicides among veterans. Read more»

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