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Visitors at Mather Point in the Grand Canyon in this 2019 photo, taken during the partial government shutdown. The park, which closed April 1, 2020, due to coronavirus is slowly reopening, but some groups worry that the National Park Service is not taking sufficient health precautions.

Arizona tribal leaders told House lawmakers Tuesday that moves to reopen national parks are being made without needed health safety measures to protect tribal members or park visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s permit approval will only allow a Phoenix company to research its proposal for hydropwer dams on the Little Colorado River, but that small step was still worrying to regulators, environmental and tribal groups worried about the fate of the pristine river.

Federal regulators have given a Phoenix company the green light to study a hydropower project for the Little Colorado River, what opponents fear is a first step toward “destroying incredibly rare, beautiful, sacred resources.” Read more»

Claudius Putesoy, a member of the Havasupai Tribal Council, says water contaminated by mining activity impacts his daily life. “I’m a rancher … and it affects most of the water down there in Supai.”

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva has introduced legislation that would make permanent a moratorium on uranium mining at the grand canyon. Backers of the mining industry aren't happy about it. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva dug in against an administration proposal to reopen areas around the Grand Canyon to uranium mining: "Trump wants to turn one of the world’s greatest natural wonders into a strip mine... there are no boundaries to his spite." Read more»

One of the biggest problems with voting on tribal reservations is the size and remoteness of them, with voters there sometimes having to travel an hour or more just to reach a polling place.

Local elections officials in Arizona concede that there are a number of issues with voting on reservations, but they said they are doing what they can to make Native Americans have the same opportunities to cast a ballot as voters in more densely populated areas. Read more»

The confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers in the Grand Canyon has spiritual significance to many local tribes. Cultural heritage is just one of the reasons cited for a plan to add 1.7 million acres of protected land around the canyon.

Tribal leaders joined Rep. Raul Grijalva on Tuesday urging President Barack Obama to designate 1.7 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a national monument, bypassing Congress in the process. Read more»

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

Arizona officials continue to support a federal court battle to allow new uranium mining operations on a million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon. Read more»

Sediment spilled from a mine colors the Animas River in Durango, Colorado, on Aug. 6.

Citing the release of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a southwestern Colorado river earlier this month, a coalition of conservation groups, two Native American tribes and two county governments in Arizona petitioned federal agencies Tuesday to tighten mining regulation on public lands. 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 federal judge Tuesday upheld the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 20-year ban on adding new uranium mines on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon, rejecting a claim by a coalition of mining industry groups that the move is a violation of their rights. Read more»

This gigantic gorge cut into the earth over millions of years by the mighty Colorado River overwhelms the senses and defeats attempts to capture it in words or photos. Read more»