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Giles joins mayors questioning reliability of shortened census count

WASHINGTON - Mesa Mayor John Giles joined mayors from around the country Monday questioning the reliability of the just-ended census and demanding that the Census Bureau be given more time to verify its count of the U.S. population.


As COVID-19 upends volleyball season, Tolleson, Phoenix Union districts improvise

PHOENIX - The AIA girls volleyball season will be played without districts that decided to postpone or cancel fall sports, including the Tolleson Union and Phoenix Union school districts.


Tribe rushes to beat use-or-lose deadline on COVID-19 relief funds

WASHINGTON - Spending $177 million may not seem like a problem, but it is a challenge for Navajo Nation leaders who could lose those federal COVID-19 relief funds if they don't find projects that can be completed by the end of this year.


‘Nothing we saw coming’: Arizona sports card market takes off during pandemic

PHOENIX – While many small businesses in Arizona have suffered, the sports trading card trading market has boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Daily COVID-19 testing could help Pac-12 return to play earlier than expected

Pac-12 sports could resume sooner rather than later after announcing partnership with COVID-19 testing corporation.


Native youth navigate complex, contradictory jurisdictions

Burdened by generations of historical trauma, Native youth navigate a convoluted justice system that few other children face.


Legal challenges to border wall continue – and so does construction

PHOENIX – The border wall construction continues despite multiple legal challenges from conservation groups who claim biodiversity is being altered and environmental laws ignored to fast-track construction.


As pandemic rages, farmworkers say employers are ‘prioritizing production over … lives’

The spread of COVID-19 has forced scores of agricultural workers throughout the Southwest to make a choice between their health and their incomes.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo will not ease restrictions, despite improving numbers

PHOENIX – The number of new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation is on a downward trend, but tribal leaders said that does not mean they are ready to ease up on health restrictions. They plan to continue 57-hour weekend lockdown for the next three weeks, as the tribe works to bring numbers even lower.


Williams joins chiefs, mayors seeking ways to improve police-community relations

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams joined mayors and big-city police chiefs from around the country Thursday for a U.S. Conference of Mayors virtual panel looking at police reform and racial justice, as cities across the country grapple with the fallout of George Floyd's death at police hands.


Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks

PHOENIX - Arizona tribal leaders told House lawmakers Tuesday that moves to reopen national parks are being made without needed health safety measures to protect tribal members or park visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tribal leaders struggle against ‘very slow’ allocation of COVID-19 aid

PHOENIX - The Navajo Nation has the country's third-highest rate of COVID-19 infections, but it has watched funds go to less hard-hit areas in a "very slow" federal aid process, Navajo President Jonathan Nez said Friday, part of an online discussion of federal response to coronavirus in Indian Country.