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The physical, emotional, sexual and spiritual abuse of Indigenous children caused by the compulsory attendance mandate employed by the federal boarding school system has finally prompted an investigation by the Department of Interior - but there remain countless untold histories. Read more»

One of the peaks at the Santa Rita Mountains, about 40 miles south of Tucson, will be renamed to Santa Rita Peak to eliminate the use of a racist and sexist slur against Native Americans. The U.S. Department of Interior announced Thursday that almost 650 sites on public lands nationwide will remove the term from their names.

Hundreds of geographic sites nationwide, including two locations in Southern Arizona and 66 across the state, have been renamed to remove a racial and sexist slur against Native Americans, the U.S. Interior Department announced Thursday. Read more»

The Inflation Reduction Act includes an expansion of lease sales off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico.

One day after the Biden administration prevailed in a Fifth Circuit order upholding its suspension of new oil and gas leases on public land, a federal judge whose preliminary injunction was vacated by the appeals court issued a permanent block on the pause. Read more»

A ‘bathtub ring’ of mineral deposits left by higher water levels is visible at the drought-stricken Lake Mead on Sept. 20, 2021. The reservoir stands at 27% capacity and levels are expected to drop even further by the end of the year.

As the historic drought in the U.S. West continues to push reservoir levels down to new lows, the federal government on Tuesday ordered Arizona and Nevada to cut the amount of water they draw from the Colorado River. Read more»

The light-colored exposed 'bathtub ring' of formerly submerged shoreline in Lake Mead was already evident in this 2020 photo of the Hoover Dam and diminishing reservoir behind it.

Arizona will face a drastic cut in the amount of Colorado River water delivered from Lake Mead after federal officials announced Tuesday that the state will lose 21% of its annual allotment next year. Read more»

A hiker in February 2021 ascends Piestewa Peak, which was renamed to honor Lori Piestewa, a Hopi woman killed while serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq. The peak’s previous name was a slur for Indigenous women.

Sixty-six of the 67 sites on federal land in Arizona with a name that includes a slur for Native American women are slated to be renamed in September, and the Interior Department is in the final stages of renaming more than additional 660 geographic features. Read more»

Stacks from the now-demolished coal-fired Salt River Project-Navajo Generating Station.

More than 20 states and the Navajo Nation can now apply for $725 million in funding for abandoned mine lands projects to help communities that have suffered environmental hazards and pollution caused by coal mining. Read more»

Logs in Coconino National Forest are piled and waiting to be loaded onto a truck.

Plans for commercial logging of old-growth forests on federal lands have moved forward this year - despite an executive order signed on Earth Day by President Joe Biden - projects that collectively threaten about 240,000 acres of older forests. Read more»

Wildland firefighters observe the Bighorn Fire at night in June 2020.

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

Arizona tribes will get $105 million for “shovel-ready” sanitation projects, after water and wastewater improvements under the Indian Health Service were funded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Read more»

President Jonathan Nez (center), his Chief of Staff Paulson Chaco (left) and First Lady Perphelia Nez (right) take notes during discussions following the State of the Nation address at the Navajo Nation Council on Oct. 21, 2019.

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»

An app to teach students the Navajo language.

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»

Hikers descend the Grand Canyon’s South Kaibab Trail in this 2013 file photo. Uranium mining backers agree that the Grand Canyon is an 'irreplaceable jewel,' but insist it would not be threatened by modern mining.

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»

Day hikers ascending the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park.

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»

Haaland said the Interior is including tribes in the rulemaking process and in project proposals with early engagement and government-to-government consultation.

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»

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