Each year millions of visitors to the Grand Canyon drive by Red Butte without taking much notice. But, for the Havasupai, the hill is central to their belief system. The tribe says a nearby uranium mine threatens this sacred place and its drinking water.
On one of former President Barack Obama’s last days in office he used his authority under the Antiquities Act to protect 1.35 million acres surrounding a pair of buttes in southern Utah called Bears Ears. Some lawmakers are lobbying for President Trump to reverse the designation under the rallying cry of “Trump the monument.”
Last year, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world united with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. That protest continues as President Donald Trump advances development. The movement has brought a megaphone to the battle between what tribes believe to be sacred and what westerners consider fair game all across the United States. KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk Correspondent Laurel Morales spent months digging deeper into this pervasive issue here in the Southwest to produce this series Earth+Bone.
The city of Flagstaff is expected to wake up to 3 feet of snow Tuesday. Skies are expected to clear Tuesday, but the National Weather Service said temperatures will stay below freezing.
President Obama decided not to grant monument status to a large parcel of land adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park, a move that would have made permanent the administration’s temporary ban on uranium mining.
In North Dakota, a ruling by the Army Corps of Engineers has temporarily halted construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. That decision has energized opposition to a pipeline under construction by the same company in west Texas. Mexico is paying for the Texas pipeline and has a lot at stake in this and other U.S. pipelines.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has called for more collaborative action to protect communities from wildfire and better prepare firefighters. She travels to the National Interagency Fire Center in Idaho today.
President Barack Obama used his executive authority under the Antiquities Act Dec. 28 to declare two national monuments in the southwest -- Bears Ears in Utah and Gold Butte in Nevada. Tribal leaders and environmentalists are thrilled to protect the land from mining and artifact looting. But not everyone is happy about the designations.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Dec. 15 in two cases involving uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park. In 2012 the Interior Secretary banned all new mining claims on a million acres surrounding the park for 20 years.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Thursday on two cases that involve uranium mining on public lands near Grand Canyon National Park.