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A bipartisan bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate would invest billions of dollars in updating the nation’s water infrastructure. Among its many provisions, the package would direct funds to Southwestern tribes. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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The president of the Navajo Nation and New Mexico residents who live downwind from the site of the world’s first atomic blast are among those seeking recognition and compensation from the U.S. government following uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War. 

  

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Five-term Arizona Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick has announced she won't run for reelection to the U.S. House in 2022. 

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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a conservation package that includes a bill to ban new uranium mining claims on more than a million acres near Grand Canyon National Park. Proponents have long argued uranium extraction threatens the canyon’s watershed and environment along with the public health of the Navajo, Hopi and Havasupai tribes. Democratic Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva has spearheaded several attempts to make federal protections permanent near the park. He spoke with KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius about the newest bill and the legacy of uranium mining.


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Local officials are applauding today’s passage of the American Rescue Plan by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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