Sacred Sites

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Several members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and others have arrived in San Francisco in what they’re calling a “spiritual convoy.” They’re urging a federal appeals court to block a copper mine slated for a sacred site. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Last week President Joe Biden hosted a signing ceremony at the White House restoring protections to hundreds of thousands of acres in Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. It was a hugely important moment for several Southwestern tribes who’ve long advocated for the reversal of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 order to slash the monument’s size by 85%. Hopi Vice Chairman Clark Tenakhongva was one of several tribal leaders to join President Biden for the signing, and spoke about its significance with KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius.


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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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Congressional Democrats are attempting to undo a controversial federal land swap in southeastern Arizona. A budget proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to prevent the construction of the one of the largest copper mines in the nation at the Oak Flat area. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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A Phoenix-based company has withdrawn its applications for two hydro-storage projects on the Little Colorado River.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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Arizona’s second-largest labor union is urging Congress to pass a bill that would block a massive copper mine in central Arizona. The controversial project is slated for Oak Flat, an area considered sacred by many tribal members in the Southwest. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland toured two national monuments last week in southern Utah. The Biden-Harris administration is considering restoring their previous boundaries after they were drastically shrunk under the Trump administration. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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The U.S. Forest Service has halted a controversial land exchange in Arizona that would pave the way for one of the largest copper mines in the country. Officials say they want to perform a thorough review of the project after receiving numerous public comments. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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A California-based developer has withdrawn an application to build a controversial "glamping," or glamorous camping, project on nearly 18-acres of private land in Sedona.

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The Tonto National Forest is moving ahead with a controversial federal land exchange. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it would pave the way for one of nation’s largest copper mines slated for an Apache sacred site.


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