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Feds waived environment, other regs on 90 miles of Arizona border in 2019

The Trump administration waived environmental and other regulations on nearly one-quarter of Arizona’s border with Mexico last year to ease the way for border wall construction, a review of government documents shows.... Read more»1

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Navajo Generating Station, coal mine face years of breakdown, cleanup

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»0

With execution on hold, Navajo inmate presses court on jury bias claim

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»0

'Broken promises' report details government’s history of failing tribes

Tribal leaders went before Congress Tuesday to demand the government address longstanding problems in Indian Country – and not for the first time. ... Read more»0

Supreme Court reviews whether Border Patrol can be sued in shooting deaths of Mexican teens

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»0

Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases

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»0

SRP confirms last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away

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»0

'Operation Kayla Mueller’ stirs memories of Arizonan killed by ISIS in Syria

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»0

Report: Phoenix sixth-highest metro area in nation for gun 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»0

Az's Schweikert among 129 House Republicans who join rebuke of Trump 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»0

Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias

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»0

Arizona lawmakers join critics of Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal

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»0

Navajo, Hopi will have human remains, objects returned by Finland

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»0

Tribal leaders, lawmakers chide FCC for lack of progress on broadband

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»0

House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women

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»0

Border apprehensions fell sharply, but still at highest level in years

Border apprehensions have been cut by half, but those numbers are still the highest for may in five years.... Read more»0

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