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Native American themed films feature star power

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Gallup Film Festival closes out 5th year

The Gallup Film Festival, held for three days at the El Morro Theatre, featured roughly 50 films from across the globe, Sept. 14 - 17.

Opening night was the highlight of the event, with the star-studded premiere of “The Watchman’s Canoe.”

A packed house of anxious fans...

Reservation life infused into rap songs

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Navajo rap artist King Blizz hosts album-release party

Dineh/Navajo rapper Ryan Hardy a.k.a. King Blizz held an album release party Sept. 9 at the Juggernaut for his compilation CD, “It’s Hard To Explain.”

His first album “Patiently Awaited” came out in 2014. Hardy hails from Ganado, Ariz., and raps about his life, living on the Navajo Nation.

Along with Hardy, several other rappers attended the gala event to help promote his album in which some are Dineh as well, including “Shade” from Two Gray Hills, “Dopeness” from Shiprock, Terrell Matheny R&B Artist/Dancer from Aurora, Colo., and Matias Ashley from Burntwater, Ariz.

Hardy’s album speaks of the...

Celebration time for Lincoln Elementary

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School gets an ‘A’ grade, breaks ground on new CAMPUS

It was a momentous occasion for Lincoln Elementary as they celebrated two major milestones on Sept. 11.

Lincoln Elementary received an “A” grade for exceptional educational achievement in raising test scores in just under five years. Raising the grade from a “D,” current Lincoln Elementary Principal Mary Washburn said it took a lot of work from both staff and students. Elated beyond words, Washburn says her entire staff has been working diligently for the past four years to this point and this indeed is a celebratory occasion.

“I’m really proud of all of us, our staff they really worked hard for it, and...

AG Balderas Files Lawsuit against Trump to Protect Dreamers & Preserve DACA

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Nearly 7,000 DACA Grantees in New Mexico

ALBUQUEQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 16 Attorneys General in filing suit Sept. 6, to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals grantees in New Mexico and across the United States.

The lawsuit, which was filed this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, details how the Trump Administration has violated the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution by discriminating against Dreamers of Mexican origin, who make up 78 percent of DACA recipients; violated Due Process rights; and harmed States’ residents, institutions, and economies.

“I filed suit against President...

Local educator wins prestigious international teaching award

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Prestigious. World class. Best institutions in the world.

These phrases are not generally associated with Gallup’s educational system – until now.

Martin Olea of Gallup Middle College High School recently won a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Grant.

The Fulbright is a huge deal, according to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

“The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges,” a UNM-G’s press...

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