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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signs an agreement giving Navajo greater control over tribal schools with, from right, Navajo President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez and U.S. Education Secretary John King.

Federal officials signed an agreement with Navajo leaders Tuesday giving the tribe the authority to implement a single set of standards, assessments and accountability measures for tribal schools that are scattered over three states. Read more»

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell shares lunch with students at Cove Day School in Red Rock, one of two Navajo Nation schools that got 'long overdue' federal funds for renovation.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivered $45 million of “long overdue” construction funds Thursday for two long-neglected schools in the Navajo Nation, the last of 14 schools promised funding there 12 years ago. Read more»

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell presents Miccosukee Chairman Colley Billie with the waiver of No Child Left Behind Act requirements for the Florida tribe's school, the first such agreement with a tribe in the nation.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is encouraging tribes to apply for NCLB waivers so that Native schools can include more of their history and culture in their curricula. Read more»

A firefighter conducts a prescribed burn at the Big Windy Complex fire near Galice, Oregon, in this file photo from August 2013.

Federal officials said Tuesday they will be “ready when fire strikes,” but raised concerns over funding for the upcoming wildfire season and the growing threat of catastrophic wildfires in the drought-stricken West. Read more»

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell addresses students during a visit Monday to Salt River Elementary School in the Valley.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell received a tour of an elementary school on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on Tuesday as part of a "listening tour." She says that in many ways the federal government has failed Native American youth. Read more»

The kitchen building at Little Singer Community School in the Navajo Nation is plagued with mold and possible asbestos problems. It was first targeted for replacement more than 10 years ago.

Eleven years after it identified two deteriorating Navajo schools as priorities for replacement, the federal government could finally be ready to fully fund those projects. Next year. Read more»

Forty-six years ago in 1967, my father Stewart Udall — as Secretary of Interior — issued the first endangered species list under the Endangered Species Preservation Act. His list included such great American icons as the timber wolf, red wolf, bald eagle, grizzly bear, American alligator, and the peregrine falcon. Read more» 4

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the federal government needs to work with states to conserve water, especially in the Southwest, where the Colorado River’s water level has dropped.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell cited the Colorado River and Lake Mead as examples of the water conservation problems that she called one of the top issues facing her department. Read more»

White Mountain Apache Chairman Ronnie Lupe, left, looks on as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signs a water-rights agreement with the tribe. Also on hand were Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff, and former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl.

The federal government and White Mountain Apache tribe signed a “historic” water-rights agreement Tuesday that the two sides said will guarantee water for the tribe and benefit Phoenix water users as well. Read more»

The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility in California's Mojave Desert.

America’s deserts are stark, quiet places, where isolation and the elements have long kept development at bay. To outsiders, these arid expanses may not seem like prized land. But they are poised to play a key role — and perhaps, to serve as a battleground — in President Obama's plan to double U.S. electricity from wind, solar, and geothermal sources by 2020. Read more»

An artist’s rendering of the concentrated solar power plant proposed for SolarReserve’s plant near Quartzsite. The system uses a field of reflectors to focus sunlight on the top of a central tower, heating fluids inside to create steam and generate electricity.

Federal officials gave a green light Monday to a proposed 100-megawatt solar-power plant near Quartzsite, a project that supporters say could create 438 short-term construction jobs and 50 full-time jobs. Read more»