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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expanding hunting and fishing across more than 2 million acres of federal land.

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The Biden Administration today announced plans to boost pay for nearly 15,000 federal firefighters employed by the U.S. Forest Service and Interior Department. The L.A. Times reports the pay increase will take effect next week and affect approximately 75% of the nation’s federal wildland firefighting personnel. In June, President Biden promised the increase to ensure that no federal firefighter makes less than $15 an hour. New hires typically earn less than $13 an hour. Year-round and seasonal firefighters, as well as retired staff who come back as volunteers, are eligible for the raise.

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Gambling on sporting events and online fantasy sports betting is legal in Arizona after the U.S. Department of the Interior approved an updated tribal gaming compact with the state. 

  

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For Native Americans, Deb Haaland is more than an elected official on track to become the first Indigenous secretary of the Interior Department. 

  

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Three congressional Democrats from Arizona are calling on federal officials to fully fund a major water system for the White Mountain Apache Tribe. The long-delayed project has kept many residents without safe and reliable drinking water. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Navajo Nation leaders are calling for the full restoration of Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. The Trump administration drastically cut its size three years ago, but tribes hope the Biden-Harris administration will reverse the order. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Environmentalists want federal land managers to suspend efforts to amend a plan that would guide oil and gas development and other activities near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

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An Interior Department internal watchdog says the agency withheld public documents related to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ahead of his Senate confirmation.

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A coalition of environmental groups Monday plan to file a motion to stop a hydropower and dam proposal in the Little Colorado River Gorge. They say it represents a grave threat to the environment, endangered species and tribal sacred sites. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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 The U.S. Treasury Department says it's unsure it will be able to disburse $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds to Native American tribes by a Sunday deadline.

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