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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Navajo Nation Zoo Relocates Snakes Out of Cultural Concern

A gopher snake formerly housed at the Navajo Nation Zoo. It, along with another gopher snake, were relocated to an aquarium in Utah in March. A rattlesnake from the zoo was sent to the Staten Island Zoological Society in New York last month.
Credit David Mikesic/AP

For the first time more than 30 years, the Navajo Nation Zoo is not exhibiting snakes. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, zoo officials made the decision to relocate the animals because many Navajos view them with deep suspicion.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:43 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Scientists Call for a Moratorium on Unconventional Oil

A group of scientists is calling for a moratorium on the development of tar sands and oil shale in North America. The Colorado River Basin contains the largest untapped deposits of oil shale in the world.

More than 100 scientists have asked policy leaders to consider the potential global impacts of developing tar sands and oil shale. They say the carbon-intensive extraction process is incompatible with limiting climate change.

Thomas Sisk, an ecology professor at Northern Arizona University, is one of the lead authors.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:43 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Juneteenth Freedom Reflections

"Reading the Emancipation Proclamation", drawing by H.W. Herrick (1864)
Credit Cornell University Library

In a couple of weeks, the country will celebrate Independence Day - the commemoration of freedom from British rule. Today, however, marks the worldwide celebration of another Independence Day, "Juneteenth". It commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 and the nearly 3 year delayed notification to many former slaves that they were, in fact, free. It was a time when rebellious slave holders relocated their operations to more remote parts of the country, including the Southwest, so they could continue to practice slavery illegally. Tomorrow, a group of students and faculty at Northern Arizona University will host a Juneteenth celebration, and in this audio postcard they share with us what freedom means to them.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 19, 2015

AZ Congressman Pushes Bill To Strengthen Ties Between Tribes and Feds

Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar
Credit Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call

An Arizona Congressman is proposing legislation aimed at building trust between Native American tribes and the federal government. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, Republican Paul Gosar believes it’s a relationship that needs serious improvement.  

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Fire Outlook For Summer On The Coconino National Forest

West Clear Creek Wilderness in the Coconino National Forest
Credit Us Forest Service/Coconino National Forest

Temperatures have been heating up all week long. With the warmer temperatures comes a greater risk for wildfire. Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo spoke with Don Muise, Fire Staff Officer on the Coconino National Forest, to discuss fire season in northern Arizona. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:30 am
Thu June 18, 2015

House Bill Would Reverse Controversial Land Swap and Copper Mine on Tonto NF

The Oak Flat Campground has been the site of a five-month encampment of protesters who oppose the proposed copper mine that would take place there.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

An Arizona congressman has introduced a bill to stop a proposed copper mine on the Tonto National Forest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Tucson Rep. Raul Grijalva wants to reverse the federal land swap that paved the way for the mine.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:27 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Report: BIA Hindering Energy Development On Tribal Lands

A new report from the investigative arm of Congress largely blames the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs for hindering energy development on tribal lands.

The BIA has the final say in approving a majority of documents that would clear the way for solar, wind, oil, gas and other projects, although a process is in place for tribes to take control.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:45 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Brain Food: Arizona's First Infrastructure Report Card

AZ highway system
Credit sundt.com

Arizona's infrastructure report card is in, and the news is...average. The American Society of Civil Engineers has - for the first time - graded the state's dams, bridges, railways, airports, roadways and water systems.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:05 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Navajo VP Addresses Suicide on Native Nations

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez
Credit Navajo Times

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez is addressing the rising suicide rate in Indian Country. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, as part of the effort, he’s making a call for the preservation of the Navajo language. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:43 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Arizona Ranks as the Strictest State for Drunk-Driving Enforcement

Credit Courtesy

A recent study ranked Arizona as the strictest state in the nation for drunk-driving enforcement. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it has the longest minimum jail sentence for first-time offenders.

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