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The Canyon Mine, about 15 miles south of the Grand Canyon.

A new poll of likely voters in Arizona signals strong, bipartisan support for a permanent ban on new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon – and hope for the passage of the Grand Canyon Protection Act, a bill that would permanently ban the practice. Read more»

Havasu Falls, one of five Havasupai waterfalls deep in Arizona’s Havasu Canyon, an offshoot of Grand Canyon National Park but on lands administered by the Havasupai Indian Tribe.

A letter of opposition to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, which recently issued an aquifer protection plan permit, is the latest attempt - after years of legal battles - by the Havasupai Tribe to oppose the Pinion Plain uranium mine. Read more»

Visitors take photos at Mather Point in the Grand Canyon in this 2019 file photo. More than 6 million people a year visit the Grand Canyon, pumping $1.2 billion into the region's economy, another reason the park should be protected by a mining ban, backers of the proposal say.

The House voted Friday to permanently ban new mining claims on more than 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, with supporters calling protection of the landmark canyon a “moral issue.” The bill would make permanent a current mining moratorium that is scheduled to run through 2032. Read more»

The Federal Communications Commission awarded broadband licenses to 154 Native American tribes, including 11 in Arizona, ahead of a public auction of the licenses. Winning tribes are required to extend broadband access to at least 80% of the covered areas within five years.

The Federal Communications Commission has granted broadband spectrum licenses to 11 Arizona tribes in what FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called “a major step forward in our efforts to close the digital divide on Tribal lands.” Read more»

Rep. Raul Grijalva with Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Flagstaff, at a press conference after the passage of the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which will permanently ban mining near the canyon.

The House voted Wednesday to permanently ban uranium mining on just over 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon, on a largely party line vote in which each side accused the other of fear-mongering. Read more»

Havasupai Councilwoman Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss said her tribe has made some progress on internet connectivity but it – like other residents of rural areas – is in danger of being left behind without broadband.

The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency needs because, like many rural communities, it lacks affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband, a tribal councilwoman told a House committee Thursday. Read more»

Havasupai Councilwoman Carletta Tilousi, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans and the Grand Canyon Trust’s Amber Reimondo, from left, backed the mining ban, while Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson opposed it.

Tribal and environmental officials urged House lawmakers Wednesday to protect sacred land and natural resources by supporting a permanent ban on mining on just over 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon. Read more»

The Canyon Mine in the Kaibab National Forest south of the Grand Canyon, opened in the 1980s, is shown from the air.

A lawyer representing the Havasupai Tribe and environmental groups says the decision to withdraw 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon from new uranium-mining claims for 20 years will protect cultural and natural resources. Mining groups say the move interferes with their rights. Read more»