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A tribal group in Arizona has filed a lien and temporary restraining order to try to block a federal land exchange. They say a proposed copper mine threatens a sacred site on the Tonto National Forest. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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The Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice has settled with two mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that sent wastewater downstream from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado.


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National Park Service officials say a proposal to expand telecommunications in Grand Canyon National Park won’t have a significant impact on the area.

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A group of Apaches who have tried for years to reverse a land swap in Arizona that will make way for one of the largest copper mines in the U.S. sued the federal government Tuesday.

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The percentage of positive COVID-19 tests among the Hopi Tribe is more than double Arizona’s statewide rate and higher than peak nationwide numbers seen last year. The positive test rate is a key indicator of the virus’ spread. Hopi officials attribute much of the current surge to the holiday season and travel, and say it could soon overwhelm the limited medical facilities on the reservation. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with Hopi Vice Chairman Clark Tenakhongva about measures the tribe is taking to tamp down the spread.