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Tribal leader says ensuring accurate census is a 'life and death' issue

Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis told a House panel Thursday that an accurate Census count could be a “matter of life and death” for tribal communities.... Read more»

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»

Court reverses shooting convictions on question of tribal membership

A federal appeals court Thursday overturned multiple shooting convictions of a Tohono O’odham man, saying prosecutors had not proved that the man was a member of a federally recognized tribe.... Read more»

Agreement has SRP, tribes sharing expertise, water rights

As the prolonged drought continues, SRP lays plans to keep water available in the event of shortages. On the Gila River Indian Community just south of Phoenix, leaders are looking to restore the Gila and its wetlands. A new partnership between the water and electric utility and tribal leaders is touted as addressing both challenges. ... Read more»

Tribe says Supreme Court denial in Az case sets dangerous precedent

The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal this week to hear an Arizona tribe’s land case could erode Indian governments’ sovereign right to enforce access to their property, the Gila Indian River Community said.... Read more»