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Navajo Nation meets with White House officials

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President and Speaker advocate continuing operation of Navajo Generating Station

WASHINGTON D.C. — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Speaker LoRenzo Bates of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council met with top White House officials Nov. 14 to advocate and reaffirm their support for the continued operations of the Navajo...

Council votes to oppose nuclear waste transport through Gallup

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The Gallup City Council discussed Resolution No. R2018-27, which opposes the rail transportation of nuclear waste through Gallup, at its Sept. 25 regular meeting.

City Attorney Curtis Hayes said energy industry supplier Holtec International has applied with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to store radioactive waste in a temporary underground storage facility in Lea County.

This facility would hold waste for up to 40 years, and would do so until a permanent storage location is identified and built.

Public hearings were held by the NRC on the matter, including one in Gallup on May 21. The public comment period closed July 31.

Hayes said five New Mexico cities and...

New Mexico governor candidate holds rally in Gallup

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The Gallup Downtown Conference Center hosted an eager crowd on Aug. 31 as part of the statewide bus tour for Democratic New Mexico governor candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Lujan Grisham and her running mate, Howie Morales, spent nine days touring New Mexico, holding a number of public events that ranged from meet-and-greets to meals.

Alray Nelson, the Native American outreach director for Lujan Grisham’s campaign, spoke to the crowd about the need to move on from failed, ineffective leadership.

“We need someone to bring us together, fight for families, break down walls,” he said to the room.

The event in Gallup drew in an array of government figures and candidates running...

NN presidential candidate Jonathan Nez announces running mate

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Joined by his supporters in the capital of the Navajo Nation, presidential candidate Jonathan Nez officially announced Navajo businessman Myron Lizer as his vice-presidential running mate for the 2018 Navajo Nation general election on Sept. 4.

“After careful thought, prayer, and a thorough vetting process I have selected Myron Lizer to join the Nez ticket as my running mate,” Nez said. “He brings over 28 years of business management and experience working for Fortune 500 companies and has worked tirelessly at building an economy here on Dinétah. Mr. Lizer offers a wealth of ideas on how to improve our government and provide business opportunities for the...

Navajo VP leads in primary

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Navajo Vice-President Jonathan Nez, who came out on top of all the pre-election polls, had no problem coming in first in the Navajo Nation primary for tribal president Aug. 28.

He won more chapters than all of the other 17 candidates combined, getting 14,105 votes, according to the unofficial totals.

Coming in second was former Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., who received 6,947 votes, but the story there was that throughout most of the night, he was fighting to keep that second place as Tom Chee, the tribal council delegate from Shiprock, who challenged him throughout night, at times came within 150 votes.

Chee came in third place with 6,411 votes.

The tribe’s current...

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