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Arizona's indigenous communities see COVID increase at slower rate due to higher vaccination rates

As COVID-19 cases surge across the country and reach near-record levels in Arizona, many of the state’s tribal nations are also seeing an increase in new cases - but numbers coming from Indigenous communities in Arizona are nowhere near what the state is reporting.... Read more»

Protesters urge Kelly to support bill to protect sacred Oak Flat from mining

Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and students from Brophy and Xavier high schools protested outside Sen. Mark Kelly’s office Thursday, urging the Arizona Democrat to support legislation protecting a sacred site threatened by a proposed copper mine near Superior. ... Read more»

Three Arizona tribes receive HUD grant for COVID-19 relief

Three tribes in Arizona were awarded $6.1 million in funding from Housing and Urban Development’s Indian Community Block Grant - as part of its American Rescue Plan grants - the Cocopah Indian Tribe, the Navajo Nation and the San Carlos Apache Tribe.... Read more»

Study: Resolution Copper mine will use 250 billion gallons of water as drought ravages Arizona

As Arizona enters what is likely to be its third decade of unprecedented drought, the proposed Resolution Copper mine just east of Superior at the site of Oak Flat will use 250 billion gallons of water, according to a water study released by the San Carlos Apache Tribe.... Read more»

Ducey signs law permitting four-year degrees at Arizona community colleges

Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 1453, which allows community colleges outside of Maricopa and Pima counties to provide unlimited baccalaureate degrees and limited four-year degrees at community colleges in Arizona's two most populous counties.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Grijalva: Don't trust Rio Tinto mining to protect Arizona's Oak Flat. Look what it did in Australia

As we recently witnessed in Australia, Rio Tinto's promises to protect sacred sites are meaningless. Congress must pass the Save Oak Flat Act to protect an Arizona grove where tribes have gathered to conduct ceremonies and gather traditional medicines for millennia.... Read more»

FCC grants no-cost broadband spectrum licenses to 11 Arizona tribes

The Federal Communications Commission has granted broadband spectrum licenses to 11 Arizona tribes in what FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called “a major step forward in our efforts to close the digital divide on Tribal lands.”... Read more»

Appeals court upholds tribes’ claim in dispute over Gila River water

A federal appeals court Tuesday agreed with two tribes who challenged a Freeport Minerals plan to divert water from the Gila River, saying the company had failed to show that its proposal would not affect the tribes.... Read more»1

Apache bring fight against Oak Flat mine back to Congress

Tribal officials renewed their calls to block a copper mine on Arizona land they consider sacred, telling lawmakers Wednesday it is not only a spiritual violation but bad precedent “for all of Indian Country.”... Read more»

Apache vow fight to block Oak Flat land swap

The protest to preserve Oak Flat turned heated Wednesday as San Carlos Apache tribal members, rallying at the Capitol, vowed to do whatever it takes to reverse a deal to turn Oak Flat over to a mining company.... Read more»

Apache bring Oak Flat copper mine protest to White House

A caravan of San Carlos Apache members sang and prayed in Washington Tuesday for the preservation of sacred sites in southeast Arizona.... Read more»

Apaches renew protest of Oak Flat copper mine

Members of a Native American tribe in Arizona took to the roadways on Monday to protest against a proposal for a massive copper mine at a small town east of Phoenix, vowing to protect sacred lands.... Read more»

Tribes seek say in federal taxes

Speakers at a National Congress of American Indians panel said tribal input on federal taxes is challenged by disagreements among tribes on the issues and on what stance to take on those issues. ... Read more»

Federal panel visits Az to discuss violence against reservation children

Daniel Cauffman, 21, can speak candidly about the physical abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepmother when he was a child. He was one of several young people to give testimony Tuesday alongside regional experts at a public hearing for the advisory committee to the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence.... Read more»

Tempers flare in hearing over new Resolution Copper land-swap bill

A four-hour congressional hearing grew testy Thursday as House members considered a bill to swap thousands of acres of private and federal land to make way for a massive copper mine in Southeast Arizona.... Read more»

Native Americans: Preserve identity in face of pop culture

A San Carlos Apache Tribe member joined others who testified to a Senate committee that popular images of Native Americans, often offensive, need to be challenged for the tribes to preserve their culture for future generations.... Read more»1