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House passes defense spending bill banning new uranium mines around Grand Canyon

The Senate version of the bill does not include the ban on new uranium mines.

Guadalupe: A town hit hard by COVID-19

Locals say families have been struggling in the small town, which recently had one of the highest COVID-19 case rates in Maricopa County.

Tribal nations partner with Arizona National Guard for mass COVID-19 testing

This week's events will be in the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Cibecue and Whiteriver.

Analysis: Native Americans infected with COVID-19 at higher rates in Arizona

Indigenous people were disproportionately impacted by the virus in many of the state's counties in the first months of the pandemic.

White Mountain Apache Tribe shuts down reservation to stop coronavirus

About one-eighth of the 13,500 residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

AZ Indigenous Peoples' Caucus urges state to rename Columbus Day

The group said the move would contribute to other movements fighting for racial, social and historical justice.

Behind the Mask

Also on Arizona Spotlight: A plea on behalf of sacred lands threatened by border wall construction; and a sincere thank you to comic book legend Dennis J. O'Neil.

Local tribal casinos describe reopening during a pandemic

Those headed to tribal casinos in Southern Arizona can expect to wear a mask and navigate plexiglass barriers.

No border wall for Arizona tribe's Colorado River stretch

The cross-border Cocopah Indian Tribe has lived along the river delta for centuries.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe appoints new leadership

The council appointed Peter S. Yucupicio to his fourth term as the head of the tribe.

Participants speak out about missing and murdered Indigenous peoples in listening session

Tribal leaders and advocates called for a stronger response to the crisis of Indigenous Americans experiencing violence.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe receives roughly $27 million in coronavirus relief

The tribe says it’s allotting some of the money to immediate needs and will save a portion for coronavirus costs later this year.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe pushes distanced voting in Monday’s council election

The tribe is offering a few voting options to minimize risk to voters during the pandemic.

Defense Department cuts funding for border wall section in Yuma

A court document pulls funding for a 7-mile stretch that would have crossed tribal land.

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