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Best of the Border (5/19 - 5/23)

Diane Humetewa
Arizona State University
Diane Humetewa

Courtesy of Arizona State University

Before her federal judge appointment Diane Humetewa taught law at Arizona State University. She was also the first Native American woman U.S. Attorney.

First Native American Woman To Be A Federal Judge Takes Oath

For the first time in the history of this country, a Native American woman has taken the oath to become a federal judge. She will be the only American Indian to serve on the federal bench out of almost 900 judges.

Diane Humetewa has come a long way from the remote Hopi reservation in northern Arizona. When she grew up, there was no electricity and only one faucet in her village.


Dead MCSO Deputy's Activities Spur Questions

Jude Joffe-Block has been covering the ongoing racial profiling case against the Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

In the latest twist, a former deputy who testified in the case was arrested on drugs and weapons charges, then apparently committed suicide shortly after.

At his home, investigators found a stash of license plates, IDs, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, credit cards, car registrations and passports belonging to other people.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow asked whether the deputy may have been “shaking down some illegal aliens,” according to recently unsealed court transcripts.


Courtesy of Grand Canyon National Park

There's no hunting allowed inside park boundaries so the herd has tripled in size since it moved there a little over a decade ago.

Grand Canyon Officials: Bison Herd Too Big For The Park

Yellowstone National Park has long been home to the iconic bison. But since the late 1990s the animal has also made the Grand Canyon its home. That herd has grown too big and is now overgrazing park land, draining already low water resources and trampling through archaeological sites.

“I love the buffalo,” said Kitty Marr, a mule wrangler on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. “I think they’re beautiful. They’re majestic and they’re part of our culture. But they just don’t belong there because they’re destroying our resources. They need to do something before our park turns into a mess.”


Veterans Describe Personal Experience At Phoenix VA

President Barack Obama’s deputy chief of staff toured the Phoenix VA on Thursday as a growing scandal emerges over long wait times and cover-ups across the country.

Annette Harris, who said she served in the Coast Guard and Army for 16 years, has had a good experience, but finds the troubles at the VA disturbing.

Since the scandal broke, Harris said she’s never seen the VA work so fast.