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Grijalva leads push to update 150-year-old federal mining law

Democrats in Congress are hoping to overhaul the nation’s 150-year-old system for mining the elements needed for battery manufacturing, as high gas prices and Russia’s war in Ukraine underline the need to transition from oil and gas to renewable energy sources.... Read more»

How the House reconciliation bill scraps Resolution Copper mine in Oak Flat

Proposals targeting specific areas for conservation in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and federal waters off Louisiana's coast made their way into the gigantic budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are moving through Congress.... Read more»

U.S. Senate OKs $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a milestone for one of President Joe Biden’s priorities after months of negotiation led by and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Rob Portman of Ohio.... Read more»

Gallego leads bipartisan push to expand veterans' free access to national parks

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego is joining an Iowa Republican to push for legislation that would give veterans and Gold Star families free lifetime access to national parks and public federal lands. Iowa Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks testified Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee hearing in support of the measure.... Read more»

Git-r-done delegation: Arizona ranked OK on congressional effectiveness

Arizona lawmakers in the last Congress ranked relatively high on a recent scorecard of congressional effectiveness.... Read more»1

U.S. House panel divides on party lines over how to better conserve public lands

In a preview of the arguments likely to be repeated as the Biden administration and Congress work toward conservation goals, Democrats on a U.S. House panel Tuesday outlined what they say is a need for aggressive action on climate.... Read more»

Tribes welcome COVID-19 relief funds, say deep-rooted problems remain

Advocates said the billions in aid slated for Native Americans under the latest COVID-19 relief bill is welcome, but they told a House committee Tuesday that a one-shot infusion will not solve all the challenges facing tribes.... Read more»

Critics: Feds reopened tribal schools without asking or advising tribes

Lawmakers and tribal leaders berated the Bureau of Indian Education on Thursday for a school reopening plan that prioritizes in-person learning, despite tribes’ opposition to the plan in the face of COVID-19 health concerns.... Read more»

House passes bipartisan public lands bill; next stop president’s desk

Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package.... Read more»

Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks

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»

Tribal leaders struggle against 'very slow’ allocation of COVID-19 aid

The Navajo Nation has the country’s third-highest rate of COVID-19 infections, but it has had to watch as funds go to less hard-hit areas in a “very slow” federal aid process, Navajo President Jonathan Nez said Friday.... Read more»

Blasting sacred sites for border wall 'forever damaged' tribes

An emotional Tohono O’odham Nation chairman told lawmakers Wednesday that blasting on sacred sites in national monuments to build a border wall near his reservation has “forever damaged our people.” ... Read more»

'Broken promises' report details government’s history of failing tribes

Tribal leaders went before Congress Tuesday to demand the government address longstanding problems in Indian Country – and not for the first time. ... Read more»

Senate OKS open-space bill, reviving Land and Water Conservation Fund

The U.S. Senate approved a sweeping public lands bill that will secure millions of dollars for Arizona's federally protected lands.... Read more»

Arizona delegation brings new faces, less seniority to next Congress

Arizona will lose decades of seniority, as the 116th Congress convenes without McCain, Kyl, Flake or Franks. But that may not be a bad thing.... Read more»

Az feels effect of Solyndra scandal

Two power line projects in Arizona could lose access to hundreds of millions of dollars in federal loans in the fallout after the government’s support for a bankrupt solar-energy firm.... Read more»1