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President Barack Obama told leaders of the 566 federally recognized Native American tribes Wednesday that his administration has achieved much on their behalf, but still has work to do.

President Barack Obama told tribal leaders from across the nation Wednesday that while gains have been made in Indian Country in his first four years in office, more work needs to be done. (with video) Read more»

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, shown here in a file photo, right, said the finalization of the Cobell settlement 'begins a new era of trust administration.'

Native Americans could start getting payments by the end of this year from a historic $3.4 billion settlement of tribal claims that the federal government mismanaged trust funds for years, an attorney said this week. Read more»

Mary Kim Titla, a member of the San Carlos Apache tribe in Arizona, told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee that more resources need to go toward improving education for native students in Arizona and elsewhere.

A San Carlos Apache Tribe member joined others who testified to a Senate committee that popular images of Native Americans, often offensive, need to be challenged for the tribes to preserve their culture for future generations. Read more» 1

An artist’s rendering of the proposed tramway from the rim of the Grand Canyon to the elevated walkway along the bank at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers as part of a proposed tourism development there.

Some Navajo fear that that those seeking spiritual reflection at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers could soon be sharing that sacred place on the eastern rim of the Grand Canyon with camera-toting tourists. Read more»

You may be alone when you step into the voting booth on Election Day, but there will still be thousands of people watching over your shoulder. Attorneys for the government, political parties and other groups will be monitoring the voting process closely this year to protect against voter fraud, voter intimidation and possibly to ready challenges in close races. Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that death penalty cases should not be indefinitely delayed in federal courts because of the defendant’s mental state.

U.S. Supreme Court justices quizzed both sides in an Arizona case Tuesday over how long a death penalty appeal can reasonably be delayed if a defendant is not mentally competent to assist in his defense. Read more» 1

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, shown here in a file photo, defended local-federal “fusion centers” against a critical Senate report that she called “wrong and misleading by omission.” Napolitano said the centers provide a real boost to counterterrorism efforts.

Arizona police agencies were among those singled out in a two-year Senate committee investigation that found “widespread deficiencies” in a Homeland Security Department program that officials have touted for years as a centerpiece in U.S. counterterrorism efforts. Read more»

Kevin Miles, convicted of murder in a 1992 Tucson carjacking, argued unsuccessfully that a judge should remove herself from his case because her father had been murdered in a carjacking in 1974.

A federal appeals court Friday rejected an Arizona death row inmate’s request that a judge recuse herself from his carjacking-murder case because her own father was murdered in a carjacking close to 40 years ago. Read more»

When the U.S. Supreme Court begins its 2012 term Monday, it will have one Arizona case already scheduled for hearing and two more in the wings that it could decide to take up.

The U.S. Supreme Court begins its 2012 term Monday right where it left off last term – hearing a case from Arizona. After hearing Arizona’s immigration law as one of its last acts in the 2011 term, the court has scheduled one case from the state and has at least two more possible. Read more»

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told a House committee that oversight of gun-trafficking probes in Arizona by federal officials was lacking and the 'seriously flawed' programs risked public safety.

Members of a House committee called for more accountability from Justice Department officials Thursday, even as they praised an internal investigation of two botched “gun-walking” operations: operations Fast and Furious and Wide Receiver. Read more»

A lineup of Operation Fast and Furious weapons that were recovered in January 2011.

Government officials in Phoenix and Washington, D.C., mishandled two “gun-walking” operations in Arizona and put the public in serious risk in the process, according to an inspector general’s report released Wednesday. Read more»

Kevin Washburn. nominated to be the next head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is Chickasaw Nation member and Yale-educated lawyer who has helped draft legislation affecting Indian country, such as the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.

The man nominated to be the next head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs vowed Friday to advocate for Indian Country in a time of diminished resources and challenges. Read more»

Joseph Rudolph Wood has been on death row for more than two decades for the murders of his former girlfriend and her father at their Tucson family business.

A federal court denied the appeals of a man on Arizona's death row for the 1989 murders of his former girlfriend and her father at the family's Tucson business. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Joseph Rudolph Wood's claims of prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective defense from his trial attorneys. Read more»

Hopi Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa said he is proud of his people, who had the strength to talk publicly about criminal and social issues as they worked through an overhaul of tribal laws.

The Hopi tribe is one of the first in the nation to use a new federal law that lets tribal courts triple the penalties they can hand down in criminal cases. The change gives tribal officials the authority to prosecute felonies for the first time in decades. Read more»

Arizona’s delegation gave 26 of its 29 votes to Mitt Romney during Tuesday’s session of the Republican National Convention, with three members bucking the party and voting for Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.

There was an elephant in the room at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, and his name was Ron Paul. Despite pleas from the stage for party unity, three of Arizona’s 29 delegates voted for Paul, joining 187 others who bucked the party and refused to vote for Romney. Read more» 3

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