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3 Arizona tribal leaders appointed to new Interior advisory panel

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»

Feds rescind OK for copper mine at Oak Flat, seek 'thorough review'

The government Monday rescinded its approval for a proposed massive copper mine at Oak Flat, just days before it was to transfer thousands of acres of federal land for the project. The Department of Agriculture said it ordered the rescission to allow for a “thorough review based on significant input from collaborators, partners and the public” after the Jan. 15 release of a final environmental impact statement on the project.... Read more»

Tribal leaders say border wall, other projects continue to threaten sacred, historic sites

As President Donald Trump was hailing the pace of border wall construction Tuesday, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. was bemoaning it as a project that continues “to destroy … sacred sites.”... 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»

Apache leader apologizes for blackface photo, asks forgiveness

San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler’s apology for appearing in blackface as part of a Halloween costume brought varied responses – but agreement that the tribal leader should have known better.... 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»

San Carlos Apache official says copper mine threatens sacred sites

San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler told a Senate committee Wednesday that a massive copper mine proposed for Southeast Arizona would desecrate land his tribe considers sacred.... Read more»1

Az tribal leaders lobby in Washington on budget cuts

With Congress required to come up with more than $1 trillion in multi-year budget cuts this fall, tribal leaders converged in Washington this week to make sure their concerns are included in the discussion.... Read more»1