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The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station near Page and the affiliated coal mine in Kayenta provided hundreds of jobs in the region for decades before closing down last month, victims of changing economics. But both facilities still face years of shutdown and cleanup operations.

The Navajo Generating Station and its affiliated Kayenta coal mine, now closed, face several years of decommissioning and cleanup as well as the possibility of decades of environmental monitoring of the sites, which closed down for good this fall after a two-year fight over their futures. Read more»

A federal circuit court panel appeared to struggle with the appeal of Lezmond Mitchell, a Navajo on death row in the federal prison system, who argued that he has a right to question the jurors in his case – 11 whites and one Native American – for possible racial bias.

A federal appeals court panel grappled Friday with how – or why – convicted Navajo double-murderer Lezmond Mitchell could question jurors from his trial 16 years ago about possible racial bias in their deliberations. Read more»

National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp said the U.S. “has some serious and significant homework to do,” before it can work with tribal governments to fix persistent problems.

Tribal leaders went before Congress Tuesday to demand the government address longstanding problems in Indian Country – and not for the first time. Read more»

Attorney Cristobal Galindo at the Supreme Court with the parents of Sergio Hernandez, a Mexican 15-year-old who was on the Mexican side of the border when he was shot and killed in 2010 by a Border Patrol agent standing in the U.S. The family is fighting for the right to sue the agent after a Border Patrol investigation claimed the shooting was justified.

Supreme Court justices appeared split Tuesday on whether the family of a Mexican teen who was shot across the border and killed by a Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue the agent. Read more»

A bulldozer crawls over a pile of coal at the Kayenta mine on the Navajo Nation in this 2012 photo. The mine closed this year along with the Navajo Generating Station it supplied, and a plan by the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. to buy three more mines, in the Powder River basin, has run into opposition.

The Navajo Nation said Tuesday it is canceling indemnity agreements for the Navajo Transitional Energy Co., fearing the tribe’s finances could be “placed in a state of uncertainty” by the company’s recent purchase of three coal mines. Read more»

The Navajo Generating Station near Page, which burns locally mined coal, will likely shut down next week after decades of operation. The closure means the loss of hundreds of jobs the mine and power plant.

The Navajo Generating Station will shut down for good in a matter of days, the plant’s owners announced last week, once the plant burns through its remaining supply of coal. Read more»

President Donald Trump at the White House Sunday announcing that U.S. forces had killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State the night before, in an operation named for one of the group’s victims, Arizona native Kayla Mueller.

Arizonans remember Kayla Mueller, a Prescott women captured by ISIS and the namesake of the operation that killed its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Read more»

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., answers questions at a conference to release a report claiming a link between access to guns and the the prevalence of firearm suicides

The Phoenix metro area had the sixth-highest rate of firearm suicides among the nation’s urban areas, according to a new report tying the availability of guns to the prevalence of firearm suicides. Read more»

President Donald Trump defended his decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, even as he announced sanctions against Turkey for attacking former U.S. allies there, the Kurds. But the House voted overwhelmingly to rebuke Trump’s action on Syria.

Three Arizona Republicans held fast with President Donald Trump as the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to rebuke the president’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria. Read more»

A federal appeals court stayed the Dec. 11 execution of Lezmond Mitchell, a Navajo double-murderer, saying it needs more time to consider his claim of possible jury bias in his case. Mitchell is the only Native American on federal death row.

A divided appeals court has stayed the scheduled December execution of Lezmond Mitchell, a Navajo double-murderer, saying it needs time to consider his claim that he was not allowed to question jurors for potential racial bias. Read more»

Women in a military council of Kurds, Christians, Arabs, Turkmen, Yazidis and others in northwest Syria in 2017. Critics worry that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria will leave Kurds vulnerable to Turkish attacks.

Arizona lawmakers joined a growing bipartisan chorus critical of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull American troops from Northern Syria, even as Trump continued to defend the plan Thursday. Read more»

An Arizona State Museum worker points to baskets in the museum’s collection in this 2015 file photo. These were not excavated from Native American graves, as the items in Finland were, but are the type of objects typically found in burial settings.

The repatriation of Arizona tribal artifacts, announced Wednesday during Finnish President Sauli Niinistö’s visit to the White House, follows years of cooperation between the tribes and the National Museum of Finland, Read more»

Kimball Sekaquaotewa, chief technology director of the Santa Fe Indian School, tells the Senate Indian Affairs Committee how students at her school are held back by the lack of internet access at home.

Tribal representatives told a Senate committee Wednesday that the Federal Communications Commission is not doing enough to ease the regulatory burdens that keep Indian Country from getting wireless broadband access. Read more»

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M. stands with a group of women who were rallying at the Capitol for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Arizona lawmakers questioned administration officials Wednesday on what they are doing to deal with the problem of missing and murdered indigenous women – and they weren’t always satisfied with the answers. Read more»

Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan credited assistance from Mexico for part of the sharp drop in border apprehensions in August, but said “we cannot rely on other countries… to fix our laws.”

Border apprehensions have been cut by half, but those numbers are still the highest for may in five years. Read more»

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