"Interior Sec. Deb Haaland Talks With Arizona Tribes at the Grand Canyon"

"Interior Secretary Deb Haaland paid unannounced visits to the Grand Canyon and several northern Arizona tribes over the weekend, ending with what the agency said was the first-ever visit of a sitting Interior Secretary to Supai in the Havasupai Tribe's lands on the Canyon's floor.

The visit's goal was to learn more about a proposed national monument advocated by tribes to protect lands around the Grand Canyon.

Haaland had accepted an invitation to the Canyon from Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz. after an April 11 news conference hosted by him and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz. where they and tribal leaders called on President Joe Biden to create a new national monument in the region where a mining ban currently exists."

Debra Utacia Krol reports for the Arizona Republic May 24, 2023.

Source: Arizona Republlic, 05/25/2023