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‘A transparent government – that is what we are working toward’

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FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. –The Fort Defiance Chapter proudly received their Local Governance Act certification that took place on Jan.15, as the Navajo Nation Resources and Development Committee held their regular meeting, which included Legislation No.0407-15, for approval of the chapter’s Five Management System polices...

Jim R. Parris confirmed as controller of the Navajo Nation

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.  – With 18 votes in favor, one against and five not voting, Jim R. Parris was confirmed Jan. 27 by the 23rd Navajo Nation Council as the new Controller of the Navajo Nation.

Parris, a tribal member of the Osage and Cherokee Nations, was appointed as Controller by President Russell Begaye and Vice President Nez on Nov. 30, 2015.  Parris has over 35 years of experience in accounting, auditing and management in tribal, federal and private sectors across the U.S.

Parris said he is excited to work with the Navajo Nation and looks forward to developing an action plan to present to the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) and the Navajo Nation Council to...

Begaye signs first Native Veterans Act into law

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – On Jan. 26, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council unanimously approved the Navajo Veterans Act, which will serve to establish the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration and Advisory Council.

“The Begaye-Nez Administration has committed the efforts of pertinent departments and resources to pushing this legislation forward and having it approved by the 23rd Navajo Nation Council,” President Russell Begaye said. “By communicating directly with commanders at the agency and local level, hand-in-hand with our veterans, we were able to accomplish what no other administration before has been able to do.”

Up until this point, the Office of the President and Vice...

Bogus bomb threat: Gallup High targeted

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By Shepherd Waldenberger
Sun Correspondent

Gallup High School was placed on lockdown at about 10:15 am Jan 27 due to a bomb threat. No one except police were allowed to enter, and many parents who came for a wrestling meet were stuck waiting outside the fenced in area.
Everyone inside school grounds was evacuated out to the area behind the building. Early reports suggest that the bomb threat was called in, as well as being written on the wall of a girls’ bathroom.
Police conducted a thorough search of the building, and no explosives were found. The lockdown ceased shortly before noon, and the wrestling meet began around noon as well.

UPDATED: Body discovered in Arroyo indentified

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Gallup Police Department detectives are up in the air on the cause of death of Derek Smith, 38, of Gallup. Police were called to the scene shortly after 9 am on Jan. 26.

Smith was found with his pants down to his knees in an arroyo behind Crystal Car Wash on 2620 E. Aztec. He wasn't wearing a coat, and was dressed in a grey sweatshirt, black sweatpants, and black Nike shoes. He appeared to have a blood stain on the back of his sweatshirt and blood on his head.

It's not clear how long the man was down and out in the arroyo, but a police department official said it was at least through the overnight hours.

The victim's cause of death is under investigation, and autopsy and toxicology...

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