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Crystalyne Curley to serve as Speaker of the 25th Navajo Nation Council

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The 25th Navajo Nation Council convened for the opening day of the Winter Council Session on Jan. 23 and elected Council Delegate Crystalyne Curley to serve a two-year term as the new Speaker and head of the Legislative Branch. This marks the very first time a Navajo woman has been selected to serve...

HHS awards $139 million for Special Diabetes Program for Indians

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11 organizations, tribes are being funded for the first time

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Indian Health Service, is investing $139 million in funding for the Fiscal Year 2023 Special Diabetes Program for Indians to provide diabetes prevention and treatment services for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Funding awards have been made to 302 tribal, urban, and IHS sites in 35 states under the new, five-year grant cycle that began on Jan. 1. Eleven organizations and tribes are being funded for the first time.

“HHS is committed to eliminating health disparities in communities across the country,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a...

Yee Ha’ólníi Doo gains 501(c)(3) non-profit status

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Yee Ha’ólníi Doo DBA Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund was recently determined to be a public charity, non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service.

“Now that we’re officially a non-profit organization, our donors can have confidence that their financial contributions to our organization are tax-deductible,” Interim Yee Ha’ólníi Doo Executive Director Mary Francis said.

The organization has provided direct relief while strengthening the Navajo and Hopi communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, Yee Ha’ólníi Doo has dedicated over $12 million in funds through direct relief initiatives to the Navajo and Hopi...

Rule revision eases path for cannabis retail downtown

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Two cannabis retailers intended to set up shop in Gallup once legalization was finalized in April 2022. However, both retailer permits were initially denied when they were determined to be within 300 feet of protected uses, or residential uses, and both appeals challenged the 300-foot rule. The appellants also asked the city to reduce the allowable distance to 150 feet.

Rodney Curnutt wanted to open The Green Scene dispensary at 202 S. Third St. When his permit was denied, he challenged the definition of “residential use” and the inclusion of museums in protected uses. The council’s actions solved his problem so he was able to get Planning Commission approval for a...

Governor delivers first State of the State address of her second term

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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued her fifth State of the State address, the first of her second term as governor, on Jan. 17, laying out her legislative priorities for the 2023 legislative session.

Continuing strategic and meaningful investments in the FY24 Executive Budget Recommendation, the governor’s legislative priorities encompass initiatives in housing and homelessness, health care and behavioral health, education and child wellbeing, public safety, economic development and relief, infrastructure, and tax reform.

Lujan Grisham’s legislative agenda for the 2023 session of the New Mexico Legislature includes:

Health Care & Behavioral Health

Expanding and...

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