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UNITY announces free virtual leadership conference

United National Indian Tribal Youth will hold its annual midyear conference virtually in April, and registration is free.

The conference is set for April 23 and 24. Registration includes two free additional UNITY webinars scheduled before the conference on March 27 and April 9.

The theme for this year’s conference is "Celebrating 45 Years of Empowering Native Youth."

For details, and how to register, visit www.unityinc.org or call 480-718-9793.

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Montana Senate moves bill to end same-day voter registration

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Senate is moving forward with a bill to end same-day voter registration.

Montana has had same-day voter registration since 2005 and voters supported its continuation in a 2014 referendum.

Native American lawmakers argued ending same-day voter registration will hurt their turnout because new voters could have to travel twice to elections offices that can be many miles away.

To read more, click here.

The Weekly: Special Deb Haaland Edition

Indian Country Today published a special newsletter edition of Deb Haaland's rise to Interior Secretary. Click here to read it.

Official says Arizona city can fight water cuts despite data.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson’s top water official has said that the city could withstand a “worst plausible scenario” cut of 50 percent of its total Colorado River allocation from the Central Arizona Project canal system.

The assurance came despite warnings from researchers who have warned that the Colorado River Basin could face severe cuts in water supplies due to climate change and other factors.

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Indian Affairs oversight hearing on water infrastructure

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hear from Native leaders who can speak to the challenge of meeting their communities’ basic water needs and the resources needed to address aging infrastructure.

Witnesses include tribal leaders from Arizona, Alaska and Oregon. The hearing starts at 2:30 p.m. ET and can be watched here.

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