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Lourdes 'Lulu' Pereira is a student worker at the Labriola Center and the official archivist for the Hia-Ced Hemajkam LLC, which was established in 2015 to work toward federal recognition and reclamation of ancestral lands. Photo taken Dec. 1, 2022, at Hayden Library in Tempe.

Descendants of the four surviving Hia-Ced O’odham families who fled their ancestral lands in the mid-1800s to escape yellow fever are researching the history of the Hia-Ced to prove their existence, and working to advocate for recognition with the federal government. Read more»

Chiricahua National Monument is closer to becoming a national park, a more prestigious designation that could bring jobs and tourists to Southeastern Arizona, after the Senate approved a measure without dissent. Read more»

Una foto del Col. Charles Young, tomada entre 1917 y 1919, lleva la leyenda: 'Para nosotros, compañeros patriotas de color, no nos corresponde nuestro 'poco' sino lo mejor. Debemos cumplir con nuestro deber completo. Una parte de ese deber es comer sabiamente y sin desperdicio para ayudar a ganar esta guerra mundial. Suyo por Raza y País, (firmado) Charles Young, Coronel, Ejército de los Estados Unidos.'

El Ejército de EE.UU. ascendió al Col. Young, el legendario oficial negro de los Soldados Búfalo, un siglo después de su muerte. Luchó contra Pancho Villa y comandandó Ft. Huachuca en 1917. Read more»

A photo of Col. Charles Young, taken between 1917-1919, bears the caption: 'To us, colored fellow patriots, falls not our 'bit' but our best. We must perform our full duty. A part of that duty is to eat wisely and without waste in order to help win this world war. Yours for Race and Country, (signed) Charles Young, Colonel, U.S. Army.'

The U.S. Army's first Black colonel, Charles Young, died a century ago after serving as the commander of Ft. Huachuca, but was just recognized with a promotion to brigadier general. Read more»

Bison congregate around water next to State Route 67 in Little Park in the Grand Canyon. There are about 600 bison across the North Rim now, but experts fear the herd could grow to 1,500 in 10 years if it is not managed.

A planned hunt of bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon this week appears to be moving forward, despite last-minute pleas by lawmakers in Colorado to move the animals there instead. Read more»

Charles F. Sams III, who has worked in environmental preservation roles for more than 25 years, became the first Native American nominated to lead the Park Service, when announced by Pres. Biden on Wednesday, alongside four other picks for roles in various federal agencies. 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.

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»

A sunrise seen from Hopi Point on the South Rim in 2018 – when visitors spent $1.8 billion at national parks in Arizona. Spending plummeted last year, along with visitors, but numbers are starting to turn around.

After hitting a 40-year low in the pandemic year of 2020, national park visitors – and their dollars – are steadily returning, but they are still below pre-pandemic levels, according to new National Park Service data. Read more»

The bison herd that has moved into the North Rim of the Grand Canyon now numbers between 400 and 600 animals, a stress on the environment. Wildlife management officials want to reduce that to about 200 animals, in part through bringing in sharpshooters.

State and federal officials have agreed on a plan that includes bringing in volunteer sharpshooters to cut the number of bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Read more»

Earthmoving equipment clears a path up Monument Hill in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in February. The Tohono O’odham say the site is environmentally sensitive and sacred to them.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema confronted the acting head of the DHS Wednesday over border wall construction she said has ignored the needs of local communities and bypassed environmental assessments. Read more»

Visitors at Mather Point in the Grand Canyon in this 2019 photo, taken during the partial government shutdown.

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»

Visitors to the recently reopened Grand Canyon wear masks and maintain a socially responsible distance in light of the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona. The park closing hit local businesses hard and while they are glad to see it open again, some local vendors said they are only doing a fraction of their normal business.

After a prolonged government shutdown cut into their revenues in 2019, business owners around the Grand Canyon National Park said 2020 appeared to be on track to being a bounceback year for them. Read more» 1

Despite notices that people should maintain safe distances to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, even in the outdoors, critics of the National Park Service decision to keep many parks open say that is not happening. This March 21 photo shows hikers clustered together on Angels Landing at Zion National Park in Utah.

Arizona lawmakers joined local and tribal officials Tuesday calling on the Interior Department to reverse its “reckless” decision to keep Grand Canyon National Park open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

Cars line up to enter at the south entrance to the Grand Canyon in this 2018 file photo. Service at the park have been cut in response to the coronavirus, but the park remains open and the Interior Department this week waived entrance fees to all national parks.

Grand Canyon National Park is still open, but the same cannot be said for lodging and food services in the park that will be shuttered for the next two months by concerns over coronavirus. Read more»

Tohono O’odham Chairman Ned Norris Jr. teared up at one point as he testified how blasting of sites for border wall construction has “totally destroyed” and 'forever damaged' his people.

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»

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