Whichever direction that fight goes, some are seeing the writing on the wall. For decades the Navajo and Hopi Tribes have relied on the coal industry as their economic base. As Laural Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, tribal leaders from the Four Corners region joined with academics and political leaders in Flagstaff last week to come up with alternative economic resources.
Is Old Dixie rising again in the South? That’s what critics of a proposal for a new specialty license plate are saying in Texas. The plate features a Confederate flag and is meant to honor Southern soldiers. But as Hernán Rozemberg of the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, the idea has sparked a major controversy in the Lone Star State.
Ten years after the bodies of eight murdered women were discovered in a cotton field in the Mexican border city of Juarez authorities have inaugurated a monument in their memory. For the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports from Ciudad Juarez that to this day the murders remain unsolved.
Americans are even poorer than the Census Bureau first predicted last month. New estimates, released Monday, show that sixteen percent of Americans were living in poverty in 2010. Devin Browne reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
The former U.S. attorney who was investigating the possibility of a lawsuit against the United States for the murder of a border patrol agent has recused himself from the case. It was revealed that the U.S. had allowed guns into Mexico while he was U.S. Attorney.
A Las Vegas man has pleaded guilty in federal court to filing hundreds of fraudulent unemployment claims worth millions. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jude Joffe-Block reports the scheme cheated the government of 4-point-4 million dollars.
The Justice Department has been under fire for months for the so-called “Fast and Furious” gun-walking program. That’s the A-T-F operation that tried to build criminal cases against Mexican drug cartels and their weapons suppliers.
Some environmental groups sued the federal government this week to go further in reducing air pollution -namely carbon monoxide - in eight western states including New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. From Flagstaff and the Fronteras Changing America Desk Laurel Morales reports.
A new report on this year's record number of deportations finds a growing number of children of deported immigrants are ending up in foster care in the U.S. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.
The U.S. Border Patrol for decades has conducted immigration checks in transportation centers like bus stations and airports. But as Hernán Rozemberg from the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, the agency is now quietly rolling back the program.
Republican lawmakers have released new documents showing that high level officials in the Obama Administration Justice Department in Washington D.C. were aware that federal agents in Arizona were allowing guns to be walked into Mexico.
The Navajo Nation plans to issue its first bonds to raise funds for local infrastructure projects. Unlike their state and municipal counterparts, tribes typically face more challenges borrowing money. As Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, this move may pave the way for other tribes looking to stimulate their economies.
A year ahead of the 2012 presidential election both Democrats and Republicans are competing for Hispanic votes. In states like Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona the Hispanic vote could tip the scale in favor of one party over the other. Yesterday White House officials went to Las Cruces to hold a community summit aimed at Hispanics. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports many voters in that area are still undecided.
The Department of Homeland Security is under scrutiny in Congress over recent changes to immigration enforcement, including deportations. From our Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.
The Obama Administration released this week its plan to ban new uranium mining on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park for 20 years. But this may not be the end of the battle. For the Fronteras Changing America Desk Laurel Morales reports from Flagstaff.
The word “Navajo” no longer appears on the Urban Outfitters website. The trendy clothing chain has removed it from numerous product names in the wake of criticism from the Navajo Nation. The tribe has trademarks on the Navajo name. As Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, all this brings up a bigger debate about private business misrepresenting and profiting from Native American imagery.
Close to 700 thousand international students study on U.S. college campuses and the majority of those students head home after they graduate. But the federal government wants to keep many of them here, especially those in the so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle reports on recent efforts to expedite the visas process.
Occupy Wall Street protests have been reported in more than 100 American towns and cities – including Albuquerque, Las Vegas, San Diego, and San Antonio. On Saturday, the protest goes to Arizona with occupations planned in Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff. Protesters say they represent the 99 percent of Americans who have been left behind by the country’s economic growth.
Peace begins with me. It’s a familiar refrain… and it’s the title of tonight’s benefit event put on by the Albuquerque non-profit PeacePals. The organization promotes international correspondence and service projects.