Pascua Yaqui

David Goldman | Associated Press

 

A federal judge on Thursday refused to order a southern Arizona election official to open an early voting and ballot collection site for the Nov. 3 election on a Native American reservation on the edge of Tucson.

 

The ruling from U.S. District Judge James Soto rejected an effort by the Pascua Yaqui tribe to force Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez to open an early voting site. Rodriguez cited low usage and other factors for her decision to stop running a site on the reservation after the 2016 election.

Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star

Native American tribes are seeking an injunction to halt work on a copper mine project they say will desecrate burial and other sacred sites in the Santa Rita Mountains of southeastern Arizona.

Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Star 2014

Three Native American tribes went to court Wednesday to oppose a planned open-pit copper mine in southern Arizona.