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Navajo leaders seek hearing on oil and gas drilling dispute
Top officials with the largest Native American tribe in the United States are renewing a request for congressional leaders to hold a field hearing before deciding on federal legislation aimed at limiting oil and gas development around Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
Oct. 7, 2021
New redistricting maps shows tribes may have less electorate power
After two public meetings this week, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission now has template maps for how the new congressional and legislative lines will look for the next decade.
Oct. 6, 2021
U.S. history with Latin America could pose challenges for Biden plan
The Biden administration has revealed its Build Back Better World program. At its core, that program’s goal seems quite simple — to compete with China on global economic development. The U.S. appears to be most focused on Latin American countries with the idea, but the nation’s mixed and sometimes controversial history with those neighbors has raised concerns.
Oct. 6, 2021
2 women with AZ roots nominated to lead endowments
President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his intent to nominate two women of color with ties to Arizona as chairs of the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts.
Oct. 5, 2021
5 killed, 2 injured along major interstate in northern Sonora
Extreme violence has periodically broken out along the international highway in northern Sonora in recent years.
Oct. 5, 2021
APS increase could mean compensation for tribes
Coal plant closures have resulted in lost jobs, depleted revenue for the tribes, and lasting environmental concerns on tribal lands. Under its proposed rate increase plan, APS would agree to pay the Navajo Nation more than $100 million over 10 years to compensate for losses.
Oct. 5, 2021
Co-editor tackles challenge of meaningful immigration reform
The phrase “immigration reform” has been used by people of all political stripes for decades, and it can mean many different things. The new book "Immigration Matters: Movements, Visions, and Strategies for a Progressive Future" offers ideas for how true immigration reform could happen.
Oct. 5, 2021
Mexican energy reform proposal would nationalize lithium production
But existing lithium concessions would be respected, officials said. The company behind a massive project in Sonora said it did not think the operation would be impacted.
Oct. 4, 2021
The Biden administration continues to struggle with immigration
The Biden administration won a bid last week that allows its border agents to continue summarily deporting people almost as soon as they're captured after illegally crossing the border. That was just the start of what's proving to be a tenuous situation for the administration.
Oct. 4, 2021
The story behind the photo of a roadrunner staring at the border wall
You may have seen an image floating around social media in the last few months — it shows the towering border wall covered in rings of barbed wire on one side. And facing it on the other, seemingly staring up at it, perplexed, is a single roadrunner.
Oct. 4, 2021
8,500 Navajo have left the reservation since 2010
According to the National Congress of American Indians, more than 8,500 people have left the Navajo Nation reservation since the 2010 census due to the lack of jobs and economic opportunities.
Oct. 4, 2021
Despite Mexicos Supreme Court ruling, the fight for abortion rights continues in Sonora
As parts of the U.S. implement laws severely restricting access to abortion, in Mexico, things seem to be headed in another direction. The country’s court in September handed down a ruling that essentially decriminalizes abortion. But restrictive laws remain on the books in most of Mexico.
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Oct. 4, 2021
Arizonas gap between white and Latino vaccination rates is still among nations widest
The gap between White and Latino vaccination rates has been shrinking in the U.S. But gains have been uneven, and in Arizona, there’s still a major disparity between the demographics.
Oct. 1, 2021
Border Patrol agent took $1M in bribes, authorities say
A Buckeye man charged by the U.S. government on suspicion of smuggling narcotics as a veteran Border Patrol agent in Arizona has now been indicted on charges of smuggling undocumented immigrants across the border and past his own colleagues.
Oct. 1, 2021
Phoenix Art Museums Oscar Muñoz exhibit explores time, memory
A recently opened exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum is bringing the critically acclaimed works by the Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz to the Valley.
Oct. 1, 2021
New Biden deportation rules limit arrests, immigrant deportations
The Biden administration has announced new guidelines that require immigration agents to only go after people who crossed the border without permission recently or who pose a threat to the public’s safety.
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Sep. 30, 2021
Tucson chiefs nomination to head CBP moves ahead
The Tucson police chief’s nomination to head up the country’s largest law enforcement agency is once again moving forward. Chris Magnus’ nomination hearing to become Customs and Border Protection’s next commissioner stalled shortly after it was announced last spring.
Sep. 30, 2021
Despite Title 42 Removals, Asylum Seekers Fill Phoenix Shelters
As asylum seekers continue to arrive at the southern border, shelters here in the Valley that serve them are filling up — even as the Biden administration continues to turn away thousands of asylum seekers in the name of a public health measure called Title 42.
Sep. 30, 2021
Everyone Was Talking About Gabby Petito, But Indigenous Womens Cases Still Go Ignored
Gabby Petito’s case has captured the nation’s attention in recent weeks as the mystery around her disappearance played out in real time on the news. But for some Native Americans, it only highlights what’s not covered so insatiably by the media: the disappearance and death of untold numbers of Indigenous women.
Sep. 28, 2021
Sonora Approves Marriage Equality Reforms
It’s been six years since Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting same-sex unions are unconstitutional. Now, Sonoran laws finally reflect that decision.
Sep. 23, 2021

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