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Commerce committee passes amendment to protect kids online

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WASHINGTON D.C.– U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, voted to advance critical legislation that will enhance and enforce online privacy protections for children and teenagers on July 27. Co-sponsored by Senator Luján, The Kids Online Safety Act...

Construction to begin for Navajo housing in Rock Springs Chapter

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ROCK SPRINGS, N.M. — Speaker Seth Damon of the 24th Navajo Nation Council was recently joined on  July 26 by President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, Navajo Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer Maureen Curley, NHA Chief Operations Officer Dwayne Waseta, Board of Commissioner Tammy Yazzie, and local community leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony for ten new housing units to be constructed at Rock Springs Chapter.

Arviso Construction of Iyanbito, N.M., is working with Dyron Murphy Architects on the project’s first phase. The public rental units will be two-bedroom apartments for couples, smaller families, and the elderly from the region. One home will also meet the...

WATER FLOW

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Water is dry. Not the H2O molecules, the subject. And the wells. And the mountains. Which brings us back to the subject, which is how to ensure there’s enough water to sustain our lives and lifestyles in the future.

Enter the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, a yearlong effort that will provide drinking water to 43 chapters in the eastern Navajo Nation, the southern region of the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Lybrook and, eventually, the city of Gallup. At buildout, the project will provide drinking water to an estimated 250,000 people, based on population projections out to 2040.

The water to feed the project starts as mountain runoff in Colorado, drains through streams to the...

Creating in Beauty

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Ceremonial celebrates 100 years with $100,000 artist prize pool

The juried art show is always a big draw for the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, and what better way to celebrate the 100th event than with a $100,000 prize pool?

This year’s prize pool started building in 2018, when the Ceremonial Association introduced the Centennial Club for donors. Businesses and individuals were invited to make a $1,000 commitment toward this year’s event, either in lump sums or in $250 installments over four years. The goal was to get 100 donors signed up.

“We got pretty close. We at the board were able to contribute the remainder of the $100,000,” Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Association...

Justice Department charges dozens for $1.2 billion in health care fraud

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The Department of Justice announced criminal charges against 36 defendants in 13 federal districts across the United States for more than $1.2 billion in alleged fraudulent telemedicine, cardiovascular and cancer genetic testing, and durable medical equipment (DME) schemes on July 20.

The nationwide coordinated law enforcement action includes criminal charges against a telemedicine company executive, owners and executives of clinical laboratories, durable medical equipment companies, marketing organizations, and medical professionals.

Additionally, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Center for Program Integrity announced on July 20 that it took adverse administrative...

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