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Missing and Murdered: Confronting the Silent Crisis in Indian Country

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Statement Before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Washington, D.C. Dec. 12

By Robert Johnson
Assistant Director Criminal Investigative Division FBI

Good afternoon Chairman Hoeven, Vice Chairman Udall, and members of the committee. I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the FBI’s ongoing...

MCSO warns of warrant-money scam

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Man claims to be police, demands money

The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning to area residents about a scam. The scam entailed an individual who said he was a police officer and demanded money to clear up outstanding warrants he claimed the victim had.

At least one person in the area fell for the scam, and local law enforcement officials ask anyone who receives such a phone call to get in touch with the Sheriff’s Office or the Gallup Police Department immediately.

MCSO first learned of the scam Nov. 17, when a man reported he had been the victim of one such incident.

The man, who was not identified, said it all began with a phone call from a male who claimed...

President Begaye honors George H.W. Bush

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41st president was first to proclaim National American Indian Heritage Month

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States of America, passed away Nov. 30 at the age of 94.

“President George H.W. Bush demonstrated tremendous leadership in the highest office in the world,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said. “I offer my sincere respect and pay tribute to his legacy. May God bless him and his family at this time.”

In WWII, he served as a Navy pilot, flew 58 combat missions and survived being shot down after his plane took enemy fire over the Pacific.

He later graduated from Yale University, started a successful oil business...

NPD holds first community listening session

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Public voices concerns about lack of officers and response time

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Police Department heard from the community Dec. 1, during the first of several listening sessions scheduled by the Office of Chief of Police.

The sessions were open to the public with the intent to provide the people an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns to their Navajo Police Department Chief of Police and the district command staff.

The purpose of the sessions, according to Chief of Police Phillip Francisco, is to provide a platform for the public to give their comments and to hear what NPD is doing to address their concerns.

The listening session is the first...

NMPED releases official educator preparation scorecards

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Scorecards to help ensure state educators are ‘Day One Ready’

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Public Education Department released the first-ever official Educator Preparation Program Scorecards Dec. 3.

Part of the State’s Plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act, the scorecards represent the culmination of years of stakeholder engagement, policy development, data collection and analysis.

NMPED has worked with teacher-leaders from across the state, leaders of the state’s educator preparation programs, and other state education agencies and expert organizations that have championed this work to-date.

The Scorecards reflect the state’s educator preparation programs’...

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