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Oak Flat appeal heard in U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Apache Stronghold's attorneys predict the court will rule on the case sometime next year. If favorable, it could pause the proposed mining project at the Apache sacred site.

Ahead of hearing on Oak Flat, a 'spiritual convoy' travels to court

The nonprofit Apache Stronghold is traveling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California to try and block copper mining at the Apache sacred site.

Biden signs proclamation marking Indigenous Peoples Day in 2021

The proclamation is similar to one Gov. Doug Ducey signed in 2020, marking October 11 of that year as Indigenous Peoples Day.

TOCC advertising free tuition for Indigenous students

The rare pandemic-era deal may soon be indefinite for the tribal community college.

House subcommittee hears bill featuring Old Pascua

The bill, introduced by Rep. Raúl Grijalva, would take the tribally owned lands and put them into trust for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe — making way for a third Pascua Yaqui casino.

University of Arizona, Pascua Yaqui Tribe commit to partnering in Yaqui education

A new intergovernmental agreement covers many aspirational goals, like the formation of an independent K-12 school system for the tribe.

New poll shows strong opposition to the proposed copper mine at Oak Flat

According to the new poll, about 3 out of 4 Arizonans do not support the proposed Resolution Copper at the Apache religious site.

Nalgene, the reusable water bottle company, helps fund clean water project in Navajo Nation

About 30% of people living on the Navajo Nation don't have running water. The Navajo Water Project is trying to change that.

Arizona sees boost in revenue from tribal casinos

The tribal gaming compact helped increase the numbers.

Tohono O'odham Nation rolling out vaccine incentive program

The nation is offering qualified tribal members $400 if they can prove they're fully vaccinated by mid-November.

Judge strikes down Trump-era water regulation that limited protections

Two local tribes were part of the effort to restore broader definitions of protected waterways in the Clean Water Act.

Tribe's lawsuit challenges Arizona law on gambling expansion

Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe is asking court to stop sportsbook licenses and sports betting.

One year anniversary of Tohono O'odham officer's death

Tohono O'odham Officer Bryan Brown died Aug. 27, 2020, in the line of duty near the Desert Diamond Why Casino.

Navajo Nation requiring workers to get a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

The mandate says employees from a variety of departements be fully vaccinated by late September.

Legal settlement is a win for Pascua Yaqui voting rights.

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Pascua Yaqui Tribe to receive early voting site till 2024

The tribe and Pima County Recorder's Office announced a settlement to the 2020 lawsuit seeking to reinstate an early voting site in the reservation.

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