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11:58 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

The Shutdown News Isn't All Bad For A Few American Indian Tribes

Mariluisa and Andrea Caricchia traveled 6,000 miles from Italy to spend their honeymoon at the Grand Canyon. Instead, they are exploring tribal land.
Laurel Morales KJZZ

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 8:16 am

Grand Canyon National Park is closed for the government shutdown, but tourists determined to see it can take in views from reservation land. The Hualapai Tribe owns Grand Canyon West, where visitors can venture onto a Plexiglas horseshoe walkway that stretches out over the chasm below.

On the east side of the Grand Canyon, visitors are flocking to the Navajo Nation, where Nita Rodriguez gives a tour.

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2:34 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Shutdown Sends Border Patrol Trainees Home, May Cause Staffing Difficulties

SAN ANTONIO - The training of new Border Patrol agents is at a standstill due to the federal government shutdown.

As a stalemated Congress delays voting on funding the government, many of the offices as the Border Patrol Training Facility in Artesia, N.M., are closed due to furloughs. The training of new Border Patrol agents has ceased. About 350 trainees have been sent home and will not return until the shutdown is over.

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11:36 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Albuquerque Voters To Decide Fate Of Proposed Abortion Ban

Albuquerque Voters To Decide Fate Of Proposed Abortion Ban
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - At about 12:30 in the morning, Barbara Bacon starts her car. She's heading downtown, to Albuquerque's Greyhound bus terminal.

"The people I'm picking up tonight are coming from Louisiana, by bus. It's a woman coming with her young daughter." Bacon said.

She explains that the women have traveled to Albuquerque for an abortion procedure. But that's about all she knows.

"They just basically tell us the name and when to pick them up and that's about it. And I don't ask questions. I'm here to be a friendly face," Bacon said.

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10:35 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Shutdown Means A Windfall For A Few Arizona Tribes

Shutdown Means A Windfall For A Few Arizona Tribes
Fronteras Desk

PAGE, Ariz. - American Indian Tribes are feeling the impacts - both positive and negative - of the government shutdown.

Some have seen cuts to food distribution, child care and financial assistance for poor families. South Dakota tribes hit hard by last week's blizzard could use some heat assistance. Across the country tribal leaders are bracing for much worse.

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9:32 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Exemption To ACA Could Leave Many Native Americans Uninsured

Exemption To ACA Could Leave Many Native Americans Uninsured
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In June, Deleana Other Bull was laid off. She lost her insurance, and turned to the Indian Health Service for her needs.

"I recently had a miscarriage, and it was very devastating for me," said Other Bull. "Going and following up and making sure that everything is okay. It was really scary because I didn't have insurance."

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4:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Contention Over How Immigrants Apply For Driver's Cards In Nevada

Contention Over How Immigrants Apply For Driver's Cards In Nevada
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LAS VEGAS - Nevada is one of several states to recently pass a law that will authorize undocumented immigrants to drive. The most contentious issue at a public hearing Wednesday remains whether or not people should be required to pay for the translation of application documents.

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12:34 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Mexican Federal Police Officers Used Patrol Cars To Carry Out Kidnappings

Thirteen federal police officers recently arrested in Mexico on kidnapping and murder charges used their patrol cars to carry out the crimes, the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office said Wednesday.

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10:31 am
Wed October 9, 2013

ACLU Wants CBP's Roving Patrols Investigated In Arizona

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Homeland Security Department's office of inspector general to investigate Border Patrol roving patrols in southern Arizona. The ACLU will file its letter Thursday to the DHS Office of Inspector General, the Justice Department and the DOJ Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

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2:31 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Native Americans At Higher Risk For Flu Complications

Native Americans At Higher Risk For Flu Complications
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Health Departments in the Southwest are beginning to see some of the first flu cases of the season. Officials warn there are many populations at higher risk for health complications for the flu.

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2:31 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Arizona Loses Appeal To Reinstate Section Of SB 1070

Arizona Loses Appeal To Reinstate Section Of SB 1070
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PHOENIX -- The state of Arizona has lost an appeal to reinstate a portion of its 2010 immigration enforcement law, S.B. 1070.

This decision, however, came down to the ineloquent way Arizona's legislature worded the statute.

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