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Navajo, Hopi Families Relief Fund completes one year of COVID support

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Looks to build stronger future

CH’ÍHOOTSOOÍ, DINÉTAH, (WINDOW ROCK, NAVAJO NATION)— Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund commemorated one year of successfully strategizing, organizing and distributing critical humanitarian resources to communities across the Navajo and Hopi nations.

In March 2020, as the...

Relay for Life makes fundraising sweet with pie sale on Pre-Pi Day

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Event theme: Fight cancer and feed your face

Update on the effort to objectify the redistricting process in New Mexico

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Recently, I talked about the effort by a bi-partisan commission to reform the lopsided political redistricting process in New Mexico, which is mandated every ten years after the national census. The short version is that the effort to mandate non-partisan redistricting has failed. The bill recommended by the Redistricting Task Force in New Mexico was effectively killed when Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf in a Zoom Meeting bashed the plan, saying it would undermine progressive priorities. Simply stated the Democrats hold the power in the legislature and they don’t intend to relinquish a bit of it.

The Democratic Party alternative, Senate Bill 15, removes the teeth contained in...

Federal American Rescue Plan is the relief New Mexicans need

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ALBUQUERQUE—Several advocacy organizations issued the following statement regarding passage March 10 of the American Rescue Plan:

“We applaud the passage of the American Rescue Plan. This legislation is the kind of action we need now, when unemployed workers are still struggling to pay their bills, millions of families are falling further behind on rent and [are] at risk of facing homelessness, and parents are worrying about how they will feed their children,” James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, said.

“We want to thank those members of our congressional delegation who worked hard to pass the American Rescue Plan and deliver the relief our...

The story of Saint Patrick (San Patricio)

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Patron of Ireland, engineers, herpetologists

FEAST DAY MARCH 17

We have all enjoyed the green flair and parades of good ol’ Saint Paddy’s Day. But, we rarely stop to consider the saint behind the day, Saint Patrick of Ireland. Often depicted herding snakes off the green isle in a robust Bishop’s garb, his legends and his story have entertained and inspired generations. But, does he deserve an entire holiday?

Although he is generally credited with driving the snakes from Ireland, the originally icy island was anthropologically shown to be without snakes and as an island, did not see the appearance of snakes until modern times. In fact, Ireland just recorded the first venomous...
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