Federal Government

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A coalition of tribes and environmental groups are urging the federal government to overhaul how it regulates mining in the West and Alaska. They say current rules disproportionately impact Indigenous people and harm the environment. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed the first lawsuit to block President Joe Biden’s new vaccine requirements that could affect 100 million workers. 


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U.S. officials declared the first-ever water shortage from a river that serves 40 million people in the West. 


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A Phoenix-based company has withdrawn its applications for two hydro-storage projects on the Little Colorado River. A third such proposal, however, remains in the works despite strong opposition from environmental groups and tribes. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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Governor Doug Ducey says Arizona will no longer accept federal COVID-19 unemployment benefit funds for workers impacted by the pandemic. It’s part of the governor’s plan announced Thursday to boost hiring in the state. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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The Navajo Nation this week won a major court victory in a lawsuit over access to the Colorado River. The long-running case claims the U.S. government hasn’t lived up to its obligation to provide water for the tribe. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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President Joe Biden has nominated Tracy Stone-Manning of Missoula, Montana, to direct the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management. 


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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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So far, Arizona has administered more than a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. But the state still remains far from the herd immunity that could turn the corner on the pandemic. Even though Coconino County has one of the highest per capita vaccination rates in Arizona, only about 15% of its approximately 143,000-person population has received at least one shot. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with the county’s Interim Health and Human Services Director Kim Musselman about the roadblocks to widespread immunization.




The Navajo Nation continues on an aggressive COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Health officials are expecting an influx of vaccine and medical personnel this week from the federal government. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.