Sustainability

Native American tribes, Grijalva lead move to conserve Gila River land

PHOENIX – Native American tribal leaders, archaeologists and Congressman Raúl Grijalva are seeking to designate more than 84,000 acres curving along the Gila River as a national monument.


Activists, tribes hail EPA’s Superfund designation for Gold King Mine

WASHINGTON - Environmental and tribal activists welcomed the government's announcement Wednesday that it had designated the Gold King Mine a Superfund site, advancing the cleanup of an area contaminated by a multimillion-gallon toxic spill last year.


EPA announces plans to begin next phase of Navajo uranium cleanup

WASHINGTON - Federal officials took the first step this week toward a planned $1 billion cleanup of abandoned uranium mines in and around the Navajo Nation, seeking bids to assess the problem and begin planning the project.


ASU football lends a hand as Louisiana floods hit home in Tempe

TEMPE – Last month, record-setting floods swept through the suburbs of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For some within the Arizona State football program the disaster didn’t just hit home - it was home.


15 Arizonans become U.S. citizens while overlooking Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – Liliana Spurlock knew she wanted to be a U.S. citizen since the first moment she stepped on American soil 13 years ago.


Can birth control reduce Arizona’s wild burro population?

OATMAN, AZ – A wild burro approaches a saloon in the sleepy Arizona town of Oatman, and taps its hooves on the sun-weathered porch. Right on cue, the saloon owner comes out, pats its head and offers it a bite-sized hay cube.


Park Service push for centennial visitors worries environmental groups

WASHINGTON - The National Park Service hopes to boost visits in honor of its centennial later this month, but its "Find Your Park" program has some environmental groups asking: How much is too much?


Pii Paash concerned about reclaimed water on Gila River land

LAVEEN - A deal to trade Colorado River water for reclaimed water to irrigate fields on the Gila River Indian Community has been the source of a months-long battle between the Pii Paash people and the larger Gila River community.


Muslims in Arizona: One perception, many faces

PHOENIX – Muslims in America have been burdened with a label of terrorism that colors others’ perceptions of Islam, a religion of peace and diverse followers, Arizona Muslims say.


‘Latinx is me’: How one letter links controversy, community

PHOENIX — Just one letter – “x”– has spurred death threats, sparked arguments and reverberated throughout a community.

Kim Aguayo is an artist, a millenial, and Latinx. Aguayo enjoys exploring the intersectionality of identity. (Photo by Socorro Carrillo/Cronkite News)

Arizona Game and Fish calls Sierra Club fundraising letter ‘misrepresentation’

PHOENIX - The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking the Sierra Club to cease fundraising endeavors by claiming the endangered condor population in the Grand Canyon is threatened by uranium mining.


Tribal leaders call on next president to include Native voices in policy

PHILADELPHIA – Edward Manuel ticks off the issues - water shortages, federal approval of mining projects, allocation of scarce resources - all decisions made with what he thinks is insufficient input from the nation’s tribes.