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Annual DUI checkpoint brings awareness to drunk driving

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SANTA FE – Over a decade after her two daughters were killed by a repeat drunk driver, Darlene Peshlakai is still reminding people of the consequences of driving under the influence.

On April 17, Law and Order Chairwoman Eugenia Charles-Newton of the 24th Navajo Nation Council was joined by the Peshlakai family of...

State of the Navajo Nation Address highlights ARPA funding

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WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ. – During his State of the Navajo Nation Address, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez addressed the nation’s support for American Rescue Plan Act infrastructure funding, veterans housing, and missing persons efforts.

On April 18, Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer presented the State of the Navajo Nation Address, on the opening day of the 24th Navajo Nation Council’s Spring Council Session. The address was conducted virtually from the Office of the President and Vice President in Window Rock, due to COVID-19 restrictions that limit in-person attendance.

President Nez requested the Council’s support for upcoming legislation that will allocate nearly $1.1...

Veterans Housing Program builds new home for 89-year-old veteran

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TEECNOSPOS, Ariz. – An 89-year-old Navajo man who served in the Korean War is getting a new home thanks to the Veterans Housing Program.

On April 14, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez visited the construction site of a new hogan-style home that is being built in Teecnospos, Ariz., for 89-year-old Korean War veteran, Kee C. Nez, who lost his previous home due to a fire. The new two-bedroom home will be completed in several weeks and will also have new appliances, running water, and electricity.

The Navajo Veterans Administration, under Executive Director James Zwierlein, worked diligently to pass legislation to update policies under the Veterans Housing Program that allowed the...

Navajo Nation honors the life of former Council Delegate Henry J. Willeto

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OJO ENCINO, N.M. – Speaker Seth Damon and the 24th Navajo Nation Council offer their condolences to the family of respected Ojo Encino community leader and former Council Delegate Harry J. Willeto.

Willeto was born on Jan. 3, 1942, in the community of Pueblo Alto near Farmington and Bloomfield, N.M.  He is Naakai Dine’é (Mexican Clan) and born for Tódich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan). His beloved wife is Virginia Willeto and they were married for over 57 years.

“Mr. Harry Willeto is a loving father, grandfather, and beloved husband who was revered in his community for his loyalty and kind spirit,” Damon stated in a press release published on April 15. “He leaves behind...

Luján leads CBOC community listening event

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LAS VEGAS, N.M. – On April 20, Sen. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., led a community listening session in partnership with Secretary Sonya Smith of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs’ recommendation to close the Las Vegas Community-Based Outpatient Clinic at New Mexico Highlands University Student Union Ballroom Building.

The senator  heard from Northern New Mexico military veterans and their families on the importance of these clinics and reviewed his advocacy to keep them fully funded, operational, and able to best serve veterans.

Luján has expressed opposition to the recommended closures and written to the President...

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