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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez poses with President Joe Biden at the signing ceremony for a massive infrastructure bill Monday, the same day the White House opened a two-day Tribal Nations Summit. Tribal leaders welcomed the resumption of the nation-to-nation meeting, which had been an annual event in the Obama administration.

Tribal leaders said the just-ended White House summit on tribal affairs “shows promise” for the federal commitment to solving problems in Indian Country and to giving Native Americans a voice in the process. Read more»

Edward Weathersby, 41, left, his wife Stephanie Weathersby, 37, and Ryan Nguyen, 24, listen to a representative of the Disabled American Veterans organization at a job fair for military veterans on June 3 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.

Arizona Gov. Ducey and nearly half of other state governors have acted to prematurely end the increased unemployment benefits that President Biden promised would be in place until Sept. 4, blaming the pandemic-related uptick in unemployment payments for the struggle employers are facing to hire workers. Read more»

This is not the first time the Trump administration’s census plans have been in court – this photo shows protesters in 2019 outside the Supreme Court, which struck down an administration plan to add a citizenship question to the census.

A panel of three federal judges ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump’s memo excluding undocumented immigrants from the 2020 census count is unlawful, finding the U.S. Constitution mandates the enumeration of all people in the nation, not solely citizens. Read more»

A see-saw legal battle over the 2020 Census continued Friday, with the government pushing to end the count in just five days while local governments, including two Arizona tribes, hoped to extend it to Oct. 31. Read more»

This is not the first time the Trump administration’s census plans have been in court – this photo shows protesters in 2019 outside the Supreme Court, which struck down an administration plan to add a citizenship question to the census. Both sides believe the latest fight, over attempts to exclude undocumented migrants, could also land in the Supreme Court.

A federal court Thursday blocked President Donald Trump’s plan to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the census, calling the order a clear violation of the law would cause lasting damage. Read more»

A Census Bureau plan to move up the deadline to end “enumeration,” the process of counting U.S. residents, from Oct. 31 to Sept. 30 was put on hold by a federal judge. Critics, including the Navajo and Gila River tribes, had sued to block the move, which they said would lead to an undercount, particularly for minority communities.

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Census Bureau plan to end its counting a month earlier than planned, ruling in a suit joined last week by the Navajo Nation and Gila River Indian Community. Read more»

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, gestures during a meeting of the House Natural Resources Committee where Republicans and Democrats sparred over who had the best plan for improving the Endangered Species Act.

A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would reverse Trump administration changes to the Endangered Species Act, after a heated debate between members over which side had the best interest of the act at heart. Read more»

Protesters rallied at the Supreme Court against inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, which they said would suppress minority participation. The court rejected the question in June, at the same time the Census Bureau was running tests it says showed the question would not have made a difference.

Even as it was losing the fight to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, the bureau was running tests last summer that it now claims show the question would not have affected response rates. Read more»

The Census Bureau is making changes to its process in an effort to better communicate its purpose, diversify workers and improve its representation of hard-to-count communities.

Federal officials are determined to recruit workers and accurately count residents for the 2020 census, especially such historically underserved minorities as Native Americans and Hispanics, census leaders said. Read more»

The Supreme Court ruled last week that the Census Bureau could ask people their citizenship status, but it faulted the government's reasons for doing so, effectively blocking the question for 2020.

President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday that his administration is “absolutely moving forward” with a push to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, just hours after the Census Bureau said it would not do so. Read more»

Amber Reimondo, energy program director for the Grand Canyon Trust, said the argument that uranium is needed for national defense is an “excuse” for more mining, which she said will affect generations to come.

Tribal members, environmentalists and lawmakers told a House panel Tuesday that including uranium on a list of “critical minerals” opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk. Read more»

The Census Bureau began testing last year in select cities in preparation for the 2020 Census, even as courts continue to debate whether people can be asked their citizenship status on the census form. The Supreme Court is now set to hear the case in April.

For the first time in decades, the 2020 census might include a question asking whether or not each counted person is a citizen. Read more»

Mayors worry that asking about citizenship on the upcoming census will have a chilling affect on responses but anti-immigrant groups disagree. Read more»

Ross in Thailand, 2017.

Wilbur Ross wrote a memo arguing that the benefits of the controversial question would outweigh any harm Read more»

Federal law enforcement officials searched facilities of heavy machinery manufacturer Caterpillar Inc in Peoria, Illinois, on Thursday, and the company's stock tumbled. Read more»

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