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Deana Jackson joins the American Indian Cancer Foundation’s board

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MINNEAPOLIS - The American Indian Cancer Foundation has named Deana Jackson (Navajo) to the foundation’s board of directors.

Jackson brings an impressive set of energy, passion, partnerships and skills to the board that will help AICAF, a national nonprofit, advance its mission of eliminating cancer and its impact on American Indian families.

“We are honored to have Deana Jackson join us,” Kristine Rhodes, Executive Director of AICAF, said. “Her commitment to serving Native communities and extensive communications experience make Deana an excellent addition to the American Indian Cancer Foundation.”

Jackson has nearly 30 years of professional experience in broadcasting...

TRD secretary named in investigation

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SANTA FE–An investigation into the state Taxation and Revenue Department is implicating cabinet Secretary Demesia Padilla for alleged illegal behavior.

State Auditor Tim Keller recently revealed (http://nmpoliticalreport.com/6182/auditor-finds-possible-abuse-of-power-in-tax-and-rev/) that his office received a complaint in February that senior TRD officials gave a certain politically connected taxpayer preferential treatment. Part of the reason for the alleged preferential treatment centered around
how a cabinet level TRD official previously worked for this taxpayer.

A letter sent yesterday from State Auditor Tim Keller to Gov. Susana Martinez says that the allegations surround...

President Begaye, Vice President Nez meet with U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—A veterans summit is in the works to bring together the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Navajo Veterans Affairs, congressional members, senators and most importantly, Navajo veterans seeking assistance.

The meeting is planned for autumn and will take place on the Navajo Nation, possibly during the Navajo Nation Fair.

That was the result of a July 8 meeting between Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Vice President Jonathan Nez and Stephanie Birdwell, Director of the Office of Tribal Government Relations for the VA.

The meeting took place at the VA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Begaye focused on four key areas during the meeting: veterans...

State police warn of warrant fee scam

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The New Mexico State Police has received numerous reports from citizens advising they received a phone call and informed they had a warrant for their arrest and were required to pay over the phone a warrant fee to clear the arrest.  The return phone number of the caller in each instance was displayed as being a New Mexico State Police District office.

The New Mexico State Police wants the public to be aware any such requests are a scam and we are investigating these calls as a criminal matter.  The public should be aware neither the New Mexico State Police nor any other government or law enforcement agency would ever contact the public in such a manner and request money to be paid.

If...

NM Supreme Court to review copper rule

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SANTA FE –The state’s highest court will review New Mexico’s controversial guidelines to copper mines.

Opponents of the copper rule argue that it violates the state’s clean water laws, which say that groundwater with a present
or foreseeable future use must be protected from pollution. The copper rule, adopted in 2013, allows groundwater within a “capture zone” of a copper mine to be polluted above state- regulated levels.

Douglas Meiklejohn, an attorney for the four organizations and an individual asking for a legal review of the copper rule, notes that nine out of 10 New Mexicans get their drinking water from groundwater.

“This allows the writing off of an enormous...

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