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Court sides with Navajo Nation over B.I.A. funding debacle

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WINDOW ROCK – The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held on April 5, that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owes the Navajo Nation approximately $15.6 million plus interest in funding it withheld from the Nation’s Judicial Branch operations in 2014.

In doing so, the Court of Appeals reversed...

CITY RENEWS VET CENTER LEASE

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The Gallup City Council unanimously passed a management agreement related to the veterans center along West Maloney Avenue.

The action took place at the March 28 regular city meeting and was not met with opposition by council members or members of the community. City Attorney George Kozeliski introduced the matter to council members.

“Everything is the same in this agreement as per a previous agreement,” Kozeliski told council members. “It is a management agreement that needs your approval.”

Kozeliski said the veterans center building, located at 204 W. Maloney Ave., used to be a fire station up until about three years ago.

“It was the old, closed north side fire...

Lundstrom briefs Gallup Council on 2017 NM legislative session

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Agreement OK’d with Youth Center

State Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup, briefed the Gallup City Council March 28 on the happenings at the 2017 session of the New Mexico Legislature. Lundstrom’s remarks were for discussion purposes only and were not intended to be voted on.

Lundstrom told council members that the 2017 legislative session, which convened Jan. 17, saw 277 bills approved out of nearly 1,000 that were considered.

“This was an approval rate not seen since 2003,” Lundstrom said. “The governor has already acted on a number of bills and has until April 7 to act on the remaining bills or they will be automatically vetoed.”

Lundstrom, elected in 2001, said the...

Begaye appropriates millions to support entrepreneurship, economic development

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – President Russell Begaye approved legislation appropriating $20 million dollars to the Sihasin Fund Navajo Community Development Financial Institution Economic Development Expenditure Plan March 27.

“During the time that Vice President Jonathan Nez and I served on the Navajo Nation Council, we advocated on behalf of the Navajo CDFI as being a tool that would benefit the Nation. Getting it off the ground will make a difference in helping entrepreneurs start businesses on the Nation,” Begaye said.

The vision of Navajo CDFI is to develop a financial infrastructure and a sustainable capital based economy on the Navajo Nation to further economic development. The...

Heinrich advances outdoor recreation, conservation bills

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Senator claims the bills will benefit N.M. economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., led in advancing two bills he introduced March 30, that will enhance opportunities for outdoor recreation, reauthorize a key conservation program, improve access to public lands, and protect wilderness within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos.

The Sportsmen’s Act of 2017 cleared the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today with bipartisan support. Senator Heinrich introduced the bill with Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

The Sportsmen’s Act includes the text of...

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