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As Southwest burns, Interior Dep't earmarks $103M for mitigation, firefighter health

As Southern Arizona endures two major fires, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced millions for wildfire mitigation efforts, and firefighter well-being. ... Read more»

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Interior Dep't to launch mental health program for wildland firefighters, boost wildfire spending

The U.S. Interior Department will create a health and wellbeing program for wildland firefighters and boost spending on firefighting efforts by $103 million in fiscal 2022, part of the infrastructure law signed by President Biden that’s meant to address wildfires.... Read more»

3 Arizona tribal leaders appointed to new Interior advisory panel

Tribal leaders from Arizona and across the country will have direct access to advising the U.S. Department of the Interior for the first time in history with the creation of a tribal advisory panel - and three Arizona tribal leaders will join to the committee.... Read more»

Arizona tribes get grants to preserve Apache, Navajo languages

In an effort to help tribal nations preserve and revitalize their traditional languages, the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council and Navajo Nation Diné College will receive a portion of $7 million in grants from the Office of Indian Economic Development.... Read more»

Interior Dep't program hires Indigenous youth for conservation projects

Indigenous youth will get the opportunity to work on conservation projects through the new Indigenous Youth Service Corps program as a way to help Native youth get set on a path to good-paying jobs while working to tackle the climate crisis.... Read more»

Arizona gets $5.6M from feds for recreation, conservation work

The Department of Interior distributed $279 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund in support of state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects, with Arizona receiving $5.6 million in funding for local projects.... Read more»

BLM cuts costs for clean energy developers looking to build on public lands

The Biden administration says it will significantly reduce the amount it charges companies to build wind and solar projects on public land, a move meant to incentivize renewable energy development.... Read more»

Historic report on Federal Indian Boarding Schools finds 47 in Arizona, 400 nationwide

For the first time in history, the Department of Interior investigated the federal Indian boarding school system across the United States, identifying more than 400 schools and over 50 burial sites - with Arizona home to 47 of those schools.... Read more»

U.S. Interior secretary to promote big spending jump for tribal, climate programs

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will ask a U.S. House spending panel to increase funding for the department's tribal programs and climate resilience efforts, according to written testimony released ahead of a hearing scheduled for Thursday.... Read more»

Interior Dep't announces funding opportunity for tribal nations to address climate change

Tribal nations across the country have the opportunity to receive funding as part of the $46 million Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Climate Resilience Program to address the unique impacts climate change has within their communities.... Read more»

White House report highlights voting barriers for Native American voters

Language barriers, cultural disrespect, outright hostility, extreme physical distances to polling places, lack of accessibility and persistent poverty are just some of the obstacles Native Americans face when it comes to exercising their right to vote.... Read more»

Arizona ranks high on states with offensive place names eyed for change

With 67 locations that have the word “squaw” in their name, Arizona could be a primary target when federal officials meet with tribes to talk about possible new names for places that currently contain a slur against Native American women. ... Read more»

Biden to tap Navajo health head to lead Native American health agency

President Joe Biden intends to nominate Roselyn Tso - a member of the Navajo Nation - to lead the Indian Health Service, responsible for overseeing federal health care for nearly 250,000 Native American people in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.... Read more»

Bill to strip derogatory term for Indigenous women from Arizona land wins Senate approval

A bill that would prohibit the Arizona Board on Geographic and Historic Names from naming any geographic feature, place of historical significance, or specified road using the derogatory term “sq***” has passed the Arizona Senate and is headed to the House.... Read more»

Replacements for removing derogatory names on federal lands published

The Department of the Interior’s Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force published a list of replacement names for the geographic features with the name “sq***,” which was officially declared a derogatory term last year by Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland.... Read more»

Deb Haaland touts infrastructure money for Az tribal water rights settlements

During her visit to Arizona, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the agency’s plan to fulfill settlements of Indian water rights claims using money from the infrastructure spending plan that President Joe Biden signed into law last year. ... Read more»

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