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Bennett Freeze update

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Begaye, Nez sign MOU

NATAANII AREA-President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez have been actively addressing the lack of infrastructure issues that exist in the Former Bennett Freeze Area (FBFA).

On Nov. 21, both leaders traveled out to Lorrena Sheppard’s residence, in what is known as the Nataanii Area...

Navajo DOJ presses EPA on Gold King Mine Spill

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – In a letter sent this week to US Environmental Protection Agency General Counsel Avi Garbow, Attorney General Ethel Branch questioned the agency’s efforts to address claims for damages caused by the Gold King Mine spill.

Earlier this month, Garbow sent a letter saying that a decision had not been made as to whether the Navajo Nation could assert claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

“Despite the USEPA’s repeated commitments to members of Congress, to the press, and to the Navajo Nation regarding fair, effective and expeditious compensation for harms caused by the Gold King Mine Spill, your letter appeared to take several steps back,” wrote Branch...

Teec Nos Pos Chapter to receive $500k for Chapter House overhaul

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TEEC NOS POS-Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed legislation on Friday, Nov. 20, appropriating $500,000 dollars toward renovations to the Teec Nos Pos chapter house.

The signing ceremony was held at the current facility. President Begaye said he wanted to show the chapter that he was personally aware of their need.  Begaye said he had attended a chapter meeting at their former facility.

“We came here to sign the document and make those dollars available to you,” he said. “It’s important that your community have a proper facility to conduct business.”

Currently, the chapter runs all of its administrative services out of a modest hogan while conducting larger...

Dems push ethics bills after year of scandals

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House Democrats gathered in Santa Fe to unveil a slate of ethics and transparency bills Nov. 24.

The bills come after a year that saw a state Senator resign after violating the state constitution and the Secretary of State resigned after pleading guilty to six crimes, including two felonies.

One bill that they included was instituting a state ethics commission, legislation that has been introduced in one form or another for over a decade without ever passing. New Mexico is one of just eight states that do not have an ethics commission.

House Minority Leader Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, is the latest to attempt to bring the legislation to the governor’s desk. In the 2015 legislative...

Judge Aragon to decide on move to recall Nez

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***Outcome of today's hearing on the case that would determine whether Larry King can move forward with his petition to recall Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education President Titus Nez:
Judge Robert Aragon denied the position of defendant, Titus Nez, to dismiss the recall. Aragon said he could have an answer as early as tomorrow morning on his decision whether to allow the recall to proceed.

It's unclear what prompted King to take the step to recall Nez, but some sources say that the board behaved unethically when they placed Superintendent Frank Chiapetti on administrative leave. The Sun will continue to provide updates on this matter.

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