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Tucson offers to turn off tap on some Colorado River water to try to save Lake Mead

Tucson is offering to give up part of its Colorado River allotment to try to maintain water levels in Lake Mead, an important reservoir for Arizona and other Southwestern states that has been imperiled by drought. ... Read more»

Deb Haaland touts infrastructure money for Az tribal water rights settlements

During her visit to Arizona, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the agency’s plan to fulfill settlements of Indian water rights claims using money from the infrastructure spending plan that President Joe Biden signed into law last year. ... Read more»

At the Colorado River conference, 'It’s really no longer a drill'

At the annual Colorado River Water Users Association conference, water managers signed landmark agreements on conservation measures to try to steer the water users toward sustainability - but growing uncertainty about the future - loomed large, leaving experts uneasy.... Read more»

Infrastructure bill means big things for Arizona's Indian Country

Infrastructure issues have plagued tribal communities for decades, and with federal funding finally coming into Indian Country from the the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, many Arizona tribal leaders are looking forward to what that means for their communities.... Read more»

Indigenous traditional knowledge to be included in U.S. efforts against climate change for first time

President Joe Biden pledged during the opening of the White House Tribal Nations Summit to be the first president to work with the tribes to comprehensively incorporate tribal ecological knowledge into the federal government’s scientific approach to fight climate change. ... Read more»

Biden's pledge to respect tribal sovereignty hailed by advocates, lawmakers

Native American policy experts and Arizona lawmakers welcomed President Joe Biden’s order calling for stronger relations with tribal governments, with one saying it “goes right along with what Indian country has been asking for.”... Read more»

Tribal leaders optimistic about Biden; Haaland nomination a good start

Tribal leaders' hopes for for better relations with the federal government were reinforced last week when a Native woman, Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., was nominated to be secretary of Interior. If approved, she would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary.... Read more»

Arizona electoral votes go to Biden, as Trump loyalists maintain he won re-election

Eleven presidential electors in Arizona cast their votes on Monday morning for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. By Monday afternoon, as electors in other states did the same, Biden had won enough votes to clinch the presidency.... Read more»

Tribal leaders among diverse slate of Arizona electoral voters

Arizona Democratic Party Chair Felecia Rotellini said she wanted to choose electors who would “represent the diversity of Arizona, and the diversity of Arizona voters, as well as Arizona Democratic voters.” That included the three tribal leaders with “deep roots to our state.”... Read more»

Supreme Court’s ruling on Census end a ‘bitter pill’ for tribes

The Supreme Court Tuesday said the Census Bureau can stop its count of the population, a blow to tribal leaders and local advocates for underrepresented communities in Arizona who said they would be hit hardest by an undercount.... Read more»

Tribal leader says ensuring accurate census is a 'life and death' issue

Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis told a House panel Thursday that an accurate Census count could be a “matter of life and death” for tribal communities.... Read more»

Judge halts plan to end Census early, as Arizona, tribal responses lag

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Census Bureau plan to end its counting a month earlier than planned, ruling in a suit joined last week by the Navajo Nation and Gila River Indian Community.... Read more»

Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding

Tribal officials this week raised issues ranging from polluted water to underfunded police but there was one message they all had for House lawmakers – the government needs to be a more reliable partner on critical projects.... Read more»

Native Americans discuss Indian Country issues at DNC

Several tribal leaders, U.S. representatives and a U.S. senator spoke on issues concerning the Native American community during the Native American Council meeting at the Democratic National Convention. Many of these issues impact the nearly 300,000 Native Americans who live in Arizona. ... Read more»