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Council delegates meet to approve an act against revenge porn

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WINDOW ROCK — The 23rd Navajo Nation Council considered Legislation No. 0428-17 on the fourth day of the 2018 Spring Council Session, seeking to enact a Revenge Porn Act while amending other sexual offenses within the Navajo Nation Criminal Code Title 17. Currently, 38 states and the District of Columbia have enacted...

Thief pawns stolen saddle in Albuquerque

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A warrant has been issued against a Grants man accused of stealing a saddle from a Gallup pawnshop and then pawning it in Albuquerque.

The warrant was issued Monday against Durwin Nelson, 30, at the request of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, which has been looking for Nelson since April 20 in connection with the theft of a $2,000 saddle from T&R Rope and Feed Store north of Gallup on U.S. Highway 491.

MCSO Sgt. Robert Turney said in his arrest warrant that officials for the pawnshop discovered the saddle had been stolen on April 18 when they did their regular weekly inventory. Once they discovered the item was missing, they searched their video logs and found out...

Union members, small business owners discuss right-to-work laws at commission meeting

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The McKinley County Board of Commissioners held a heated debate on right-to-work laws between union leaders and county representatives, leading to packed attendance at their regular meeting April 17.

The discussion was triggered by an ordinance claiming to promote economic development by regulating employee payments to unions in McKinley County, in what’s known as a right-to-work law.

Right-to-work laws ban unionized workplaces from requiring all employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

The ordinance states its intention as “to provide that no employee covered by the National Labor Relations Act need join or pay dues to a union, or refrain from joining a union...

Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act signed into law

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WINDOW ROCK – The 23rd Navajo Nation Council commended the enactment of the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, which was signed into law by President Trump April 18. Council members have advocated for the bill as a means to protect Native American children by amending the PROTECT Act to make Indian tribes eligible for grants from the U.S. Department of Justice for aid in implementing the AMBER Alert system.

The bill was named after 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike, a young Navajo girl who was abducted and murdered on the Navajo Nation in 2016. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the measure on Feb. 26, followed by the U.S. Senate on March 23.

Council Delegate Amber...

Diné daily bus runs launch April 16

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April 16, Diné College started two bus routes, one from Shiprock, N.M., to Tsaile and another from Rock Point, Ariz., to Tsaile, via Round Rock, Many Farms, and Chinle.

“We decided to start a pilot busing program for the rest of the semester,” Bo Lewis, vice president of finance at Diné College, said.

“Based on the results from the pilot program, we’ll make a decision on whether to make it a permanent program or not—or even to charge a fee,” Lewis said. “We will have exempt employees be the drivers and it will be open to students as well as employees. The valid employee ID’s will be required to use the busing program.”

Prior to the start of making the bus program...

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