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Veterans demand accountability from Navajo Veterans Administration

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WINDOW ROCK – The Navajo Nation Council recessed for over one hour during the third day of the Fall Council Session Oct. 17, to welcome a group of Navajo veterans that marched many miles to the Council Chamber to demand accountability and action from the Navajo Veterans Administration, which is directly under the authority of President Russell Begaye.

Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) thanked the group for their persistence and advocacy on behalf of all Navajo veterans and for bringing their issues to the attention of Navajo leaders.

“Since the 23rd Navajo Nation Council took office in 2015, we have passed...

Community celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Day-long event honors Native people through music, rally, film

Over the past nearly three decades many cities and states across the nation have opted to honor the Native people of the world on the second Monday in October. In Gallup, what was once Columbus Day has for the past three years been an official celebration of indigenous people.

Gallup’s Oct. 8 Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration  featured displays and information booths, a forum and a few films at the Second Street Events Center. A demonstration and rally took place at the Gallup Cultural Center, and the day’s music was performed in honor of the world’s indigenous people — past, present and...

PARCC test results show improvements for GMCS

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District comes in at top of state for overall student proficiency growth

Back in August, Gallup-McKinley County Schools received the results for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career tests. Despite 10 schools out of 35 schools earned a 3.0 and above, the detailed results show great improvements, according to GMCS District Assistant Superintendent Gerald Horacek.

Horacek said the 2017-18 PARCC results showed 600 more students proficient in English Language Arts and mathematics than last year, and 804 more students were proficient in both categories than in 2016.

According to the New Mexico Public Education Department website, ELA and mathematics serve...

Leadership McKinley to host youth conference

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The first McKinley Youth Leadership Conference, put on by Leadership McKinley, is slated to be held at Red Rock Park Oct. 26 through 28.

Gallup Fire Department Deputy Chief Jesus Morales was present at the Oct. 9 regular meeting of the Gallup City Council to speak for the item. Specifically, he asked the City of Gallup to be a sponsor for the conference in order to waive attendance fees at Red Rock Park.

The item discussion began with a video in which Gallup youth spoke about issues that were important to them, such as the justice system, the environment, steady income and homelessness. They also said they would like to become more involved in their community.

“Our youth are faced...

City of Gallup consumer scam alert

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The City of Gallup wishes to advise its utility customers to be on alert for a consumer scam.

Recently, several customers reported receiving phone calls from a (347) area code demanding payment for a delinquent utility bill to be paid with a credit card over the phone to prevent the shutoff of utility services.

“The City of Gallup will not call its customers to demand payments to be made over the telephone by credit card to prevent shutoff due to delinquent status,” the city stated in an Oct. 1 press release. “Should the City of Gallup contact you regarding your bill, the caller identification will state that the call is from the ‘City of Gallup.’”

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