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$2M grant to Tohono O'odham college promises to improve area Internet access

A $2 million federal grant to Tohono O'odham Community College will be used to improve broadband Internet access near the Sells campus, officials said. The college was one of five awarded $11 million through a pilot program. ... Read more»

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'I voted' in Tohono O'odham & Spanish added to Pima County's early voting stickers

The Pima County Recorder's Office has sent out stickers saying "I voted" in Tohono O'odham and Spanish, as well as English, with early vote-by-mail ballots.... Read more»

UA waives undergrad tuition for members of Arizona tribes

The University of Arizona will cover full-time undergraduate tuition for members of the state's 22 federally recognized Native American tribes for any program on the school's main campus, officials announced Monday. ... Read more»

As Southwest burns, Interior Dep't earmarks $103M for mitigation, firefighter health

As Southern Arizona endures two major fires, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced millions for wildfire mitigation efforts, and firefighter well-being. ... Read more»

Wildfire blazes through another 4,200 acres near Kitt Peak, burned areas near Pan Tak village

The Contreras Fire has burned nearly 30,000 acres southwest of Tucson over the past week, with crews still working to protect Kitt Peak National Observatory and the blaze continuing in contained areas near the evacuated village of Pan Tak.... Read more»

Contreras Fire continues to burn near Kitt Peak, crews still defending observatory

The Contreras Fire has burned thousands more acres in rough terrain the past several days, and officials at Kitt Peak National Observatory say assessing any damage to scientific instruments will be a priority. The village of Pan Tak near the base of the mountain also remains evacuated.... Read more»

Az tribes get $105M for water sanitation projects; Tohono O'odham expecting payout for water settlement

Arizona tribes will get $105 million for “shovel-ready” sanitation projects, after water and wastewater improvements under the Indian Health Service were funded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.... Read more»

Kitt Peak buildings destroyed by wildfire, damage to observatory instruments still unclear

The Contreras Fire burned several structures atop Kitt Peak early Friday, and continued to advance through thousands of acres of rough terrain this weekend. Observatory officials have not yet been able to assess if any instruments were damaged, although scientific facilities appear intact.... Read more»

Fire crews succesfully defend observatory as wildfire tops Kitt Peak summit

The Contreras Fire topped the summit of Kitt Peak early Friday morning and breached the main road, however fire crews were able to defend the observatory's buildings through the night.... Read more»1

Wildfire near Kitt Peak explodes, doubling in size to 11,800 acres

The Contreras Fire burning along remote ridges in the Baboquivari Mountain range doubled in size Thursday, consuming nearly 6,000 more acres of grass and brush in steep and rugged terrain in the desert southwest of Tucson.... Read more»

Air pollution in Tucson reaches harmful levels, made worse by smoke from Contreras Fire

Air pollution in the Tucson metro area reached harmful levels Thursday, made worse by smoke from the Contreras Fire to the southwest. Residents should limit outdoor activities, Pima County officials said.... Read more»

Smuggler faces charges after running over migrant while fleeing BP near T-O Nation

A 23-year-old man faces federal charges after he ran over a migrant while fleeing from a Border Patrol agent during a vehicle stop last week near the Tohono O'odham Nation. ... Read more»

Judge: Challenges to new Arizona copper mine 'moot' after Hudbay abandons Rosemont water permit

A federal judge dismissed a pair of lawsuits filed by three Native American tribes and an environmental coalition over Rosemont Copper's move to expand its mining operations to "Copper World" on the western slopes of the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson. ... Read more»

9th Circuit upholds 'landmark' ruling blocking Rosemont copper mine

In a win for environmental groups and three Native American tribes,, a federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that halted the long-controversial Rosemont open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains about 30 miles southeast of Tucson.... Read more»

Gathering of Nations pow wow returns to New Mexico

After two years of virtual events, the Gathering of Nations - the world’s largest pow wow - returned in Albuquerque as people from 560 Native American tribes and more than 200 Indigenous tribes from Canada attended to celebrate traditional culture.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Building Interstate 11 through Avra Valley not a sensible option

Building I-11 through Avra Valley would mean more costly suburban sprawl far away from where existing jobs and services are, along with environmental disruption, disturbing a wildlife corridor and the rural lifestyle of residents, and potential contamination of Tucson's water supply.... Read more»

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