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Navajo Nation calls for inquiry at Fort Hood

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Two members of Navajo Nation died at Texas Army base

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer issued several letters to congressional members calling for a congressional inquiry and a formal investigation into the recent deaths of two members of the Navajo Nation who were...

Navajo Nation leaders recognize ‘Navajo Nation Suicide Prevention Week’

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signed a proclamation Sept. 6 recognizing Sept. 6-12 as Navajo Nation Suicide Prevention Week in coordination with National Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day Sept. 10.

“Our administration recognizes the mental health needs of many of our people, including our young Navajo people. The Navajo Nation Division of Behavioral and Mental Health Services continues to help many of our people, but we need to do more,” Nez said. “It starts with healing among families. There are far too many young people losing hope at a young age.

“Parents and grandparents have the...

Navajo Nation announces business, artisans economic relief grant

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Program Began accepting applications Sept. 7

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer announced that the newly-created Navajo Nation Business and Artisans Economic Relief Grant Program began accepting applications on Sept. 7 to help Navajo businesses, entrepreneurs, and Navajo artisans facing financial hardship and/or business interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $60 million that will be used for the program was part of the $475 million CARES Act funding package in Resolution CJY-67-20, which was approved by the 24th Navajo Nation Council Aug. 6 and signed into law Aug. 16 by Nez and Lizer.

“We’ve had...

‘Navajo Nation Census Month’ proclaimed by Nation’s leaders

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signed a proclamation recognizing the month of Sept. 2020 as Navajo Nation Census Month to encourage the Navajo people to participate in the 2020 Census to ensure a complete count of all citizens on the Navajo Nation.

Every 10 years, the Census Bureau is required by the Constitution to conduct a count of the U.S. population. The federal government shortened this year’s census count by one month by imposing a deadline of Sept. 30. As of the signing of the proclamation, only 17.9-percent of households on the Navajo Nation had been counted.

“The 2020 Census Count is a prime opportunity to...

COVID-19 Response Toolkit gets thumbs up

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ALBUQUERQUE — American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez released the following statement Sept. 9:

On Aug. 19, AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFT New Mexico President Stephanie Ly alerted Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham that many Pre-K-12 school re-openings around the state have not met the standard set by her administration for safety and consistency. As a union of educators, public employees, and healthcare workers, we outlined the following conditions necessary for a safe return to in-person instruction:

1. Low infection rates and adequate testing in any...

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