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Heinrich discusses reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

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By Cody Begaye

Sun Correspondent




Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., hosted a press call Dec. 13 to discuss the importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

VAWA was enacted in 1994 under then-President Bill Clinton to fund prosecution of violent crimes against women, impose automatic, mandatory restitution...

President-Elect Nez joins New Mexico leaders in announcing glove-manufacturing venture

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CHURCH ROCK –Navajo Nation President-Elect Jonathan Nez joined officials from New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s office, McKinley County and others at the Navajo Tech Innovation Center in Church Rock Dec. 13.

They announced that international nitrile glove manufacturing company Rhino Health LLC, plans to expand their operations and begin production at an existing manufacturing warehouse in Church Rock with the potential of creating up to 350 new jobs.

Rhino Health LLC is a U.S.-based company with a global management team from a leading Korean rubber company known as Jungwoo Rubber & Plastic, which plans to invest more than $49 million into an existing manufacturing...

PART THREE: All the pretty horses — Where do they go?

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Part 3 in a three-part series

Despite the tribe’s intentions with the program, Sharron Berry, vice-president of Four Corners Pet Alliance, sees Navajo Nation horses as a valuable, untapped asset to the tribe.

“The horses are a resource that can be trained [and] utilized in tourism,” Berry said. “People would pay a lot of money for [a trained horse.]”

In contrast, untrained horses are less adoptable, and face a greater likelihood of being sent to auction and eventually shipped to Mexico for slaughter.

For instance, Berry said she spent four hours loading a four-year-old horse that wasn’t halter broken onto a trailer. The horse was recently purchased...

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 efforts to support our partners in federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement in resolving missing person cases.

The FBI and its dedicated special agent and victim specialists of the FBI's Indian Country program work hard to partner with tribal communities across the United States to deliver quality law enforcement service. We remain fully committed to our...

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...
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