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Audit issues, lack of due diligence cited in veto of Sage Hospital reauthorization

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Citing questionable spending practices, lack of due diligence, and other important concerns, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer vetoed Resolution CS-79-20 on Sept. 30, which sought the reauthorization of Navajo Health Foundation – Sage Memorial Hospital, Inc. to...

Assistant secretary of Indian education named

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SANTA FE— The New Mexico Public Education Department has hired a new assistant secretary of Indian education.

Lashawna Tso began the position the week of Oct. 12. She served most recently as legislative chief of staff in the Navajo Nation Office of the Speaker, where she supported policy development and reviewed intergovernmental issues.

At PED, Tso will lead the Indian Education division, which directs state policy on effective implementation of the Indian Education Act, including significant and meaningful collaboration and communication with Native communities and leaders.

Specifically, she will work with Public Education Department Secretary Ryan Stewart, tribal leaders, Native...

NTEC funds 29 community projects totaling over $213,000

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Focus on COVID-19 emergency response grants

FARMINGTON— Navajo Transitional Energy Company announced the recipients of the Community Benefit Fund. This year, recognizing the hardships caused by Coronavirus on Navajo communities and non-profit organizations, NTEC changed the focus of the fund to the CBF COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant. NTEC awarded 29 grants, with the amount of funding totaling $213,000.

“When COVID-19 began spreading on the Navajo Nation, NTEC immediately took action to provide assistance to the Chapters and organizations that help Navajo people,” said NTEC CEO Clark Moseley. “Converting the CBF to focus on providing emergency response grants is one of the...

President Nez, Vice President Lizer offer condolences to the family of former Navajo Nation President Thomas Atcitty

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer offer their heartfelt condolences and prayers for the family of Thomas Atcitty, former president of the Navajo Nation and former longtime New Mexico state representative, who died of natural causes on Oct. 11, 2020, at the age of 86.

“To his wife Vicky, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, we offer our prayers and condolences during this difficult time,” Nez said. “Honorable Thomas Atcitty leaves behind a great legacy and many long-lasting memories for his family, friends, and all Navajo people.

“We ask our Creator to bless his family with strength and comfort at this...

Senator Tom Udall criticizes the president for cutting the 2020 Census count short

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SANTA FE — U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement of opposition Oct. 14 after the Supreme Court suspended a lower court order that extended the Census Count beyond Oct. 15, allowing the Trump administration to cut the 2020 Census count off one month short. The shortened timeline, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, risks an inaccurate count in Indian Country and in New Mexico, potentially cutting resources short for minority and rural communities. Just a one percent undercount in New Mexico would cost the state hundreds of millions in federal resources over the coming decade:

“The Trump administration’s...

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