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State GOP says Sierra Club not welcome on tribal lands (access required)

The Hopi and Navajo nations have become central figures in a spat between two quarrelling political groups, the Sierra Club and Arizona Republican Party. Conflicting reports from the political organizations painted the picture in different ways. A Republican news release claimed that the Sierra Club was asked to leave the tribal nations, while the Sierra Club maintained that they are continuing to work with both tribes.

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Kirkpatrick facing criticism from Republicans and environmentalists (access required)

As soon as the 2008 election ended, Arizona Republicans were evaluating which of the state's congressional Democrats would be the most vulnerable targets in 2010, and first-term representative Ann Kirkpatrick was near the top of everyone's list. Now, Kirkpatrick's left flank is under attack as well from environmentalists unhappy with her record.

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Appeals court blocks BLM-Asarco land swap

A federal appeals court ruled Sept. 14 that a proposed land exchange between the federal Bureau of Land Management and copper miner Asarco LLC violates environmental laws. The ruling in the lawsuit filed by three environmental groups in 2001 overturns a lower court decision backing the exchange long sought by Asarco.

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