Howard Fischer, for the Navajo-Hopi Observer

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.

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Bid challenging expansion for coal mining near Four Corners dismissed

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.

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Environmental groups try to stop oil and gas leases near Petrified National Forest

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.

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Indian Child Welfare Act still under debate as Supreme Court rebuffs bid to void the act

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.

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Drought contingency plan for Southwest on hold?

Gila River Indian Community and Safford Valley farmers at odds as multi-state plan moves forward

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.

Navajo Nation drops lawsuit, judge blasts attorneys for late filing

The Navajo Nation has dropped a legal claim that could have delayed formal certification of the general election results.

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Supreme Court upholds mining ban near Grand Canyon

Havasupai Tribe relieved and grateful for court's decision after years of litigation

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.

Judge upholds Indian Child Welfare Act

9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously throws out challenge to ICWA claiming the law is racist

A court has thrown out 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.

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Gov. Doug Ducey open to allowing statewide gaming

Gov. Doug Ducey is open to the idea of allowing Arizonans to place bets on sporting events at 55 off-track betting sites around the state.

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Arizona Supreme Court agrees to hear Snowbowl lawsuit

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Hopi tribe can try to block the use of treated effluent to make snow on the San Francisco Peaks.

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Snowbowl attorney wants state Supreme Court to overturn ruling

Attorneys for Snowbowl are warning the Arizona Supreme Court that if they don’t overturn a ruling allowing the Hopi Tribe to sue over artificial snow they are opening the door to a flood of litigation.

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