Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in Arizona since 1982, the last 26 for Capitol Media Services which he founded in 1991. Fischer's news reports appear in daily and weekly newspapers around the state, and are heard on Arizona Public Radio.
State lawmakers are looking to let students wear items of “cultural significance’’ to their graduation ceremonies.
A spat between ranchers and Native American tribes is threatening to torpedo a special panel which seeks to keep construction projects from damaging tribal remains and antiquities.
Two lawmakers are proposing to let at least several Native American tribes keep some of the taxes generated from sales on reservations.
The Navajo Nation is threatening a new lawsuit against the state over changes demanded by Attorney General Mark Brnovich to a proposed election procedures manual.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 29 that any legal action contesting the decisions of the federal government to grant the necessary permits must also include the Navajo Transitional Energy Co.
The lawsuit filed July 15 in federal court contends the agency failed to look at the consequences, environmental impacts and adverse effects of oil and gas drilling.
The U.S. Supreme Court has rebuffed a bid to void a federal law that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American tribes over the constitutionally protected best interests of children.
The Gila River Indian Community is threatening to blow up the drought contingency plan because of efforts it says will undermine its claim to water rights.
The Navajo Nation has dropped a legal claim that could have delayed formal certification of the general election results.
In a major victory for environmental groups and the Havasupai Tribe, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed a bid by mining interests to overturn a 20-year ban on extracting uranium from about a million acres around Grand Canyon National Park.