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Nygren, Lundstrom talk key Navajo Nation, N.M. issues

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — To address upcoming issues that could impact Navajos living on the New Mexico side of the Navajo Nation, Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren held a meeting with New Mexico State Rep. Patty Lundstrom.

The discussion, on Dec. 19, primarily revolved around the opposition to planned gun bills that were...

Leger Fernández advocates for art in appointment to IAIA board

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) by House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries on Dec. 14.

“Art provides a vital pathway to learn, discover, and appreciate culture, identity, and heritage,” Leger Fernández said. “My first visit to the IAIA was decades ago when it was in a small space in Santa Fe, doing big things.  Now it occupies a vibrant campus with dormitories, film studios, graduate students, and inspiring spaces that inspire the artists that inspire all of us.”

The congresswoman’s...

State clarifies new Gross Receipts Tax regulations

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SANTA FE — The Taxation and Revenue Department has finalized its proposed amendments to regulations governing Gross Receipts Tax on digital advertising services and defining when a taxpayer no longer has nexus for gross receipts tax purposes.

Digital advertising, as with other types of advertising, was already subject to GRT in New Mexico. The amended rules are intended to reflect changes in technology and ensure that rules covering digital advertising are consistent with those covering other forms of advertising.

The proposed rules clarify how to determine the reporting location for the sale of digital advertising. Under the new rule, a company selling digital advertising services...

Governor receives national award, recognition for mental health advocacy

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SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was awarded the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s annual Public Service Award in recognition of her significant efforts to champion mental and public health in New Mexico.

A press release published the news Dec. 19, but the governor officially won the award on Sept. 7.

The ACNP is a professional society comprised of more than 1,200 leading scientists in the field of neuropsychopharmacology.

“Our selection committee was impressed with Gov. Lujan Grisham’s efforts to improve the health of the public, with a particular emphasis on being a fierce champion for senior citizens, veterans, and individuals living with disabilities...

Nygren meets with Biden during the 2023 White House Tribal Nations Summit

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren attended the 2023 White House Tribal Nations Summit along with 25th Navajo Nation Council Speaker, Crystalyne Curley Dec. 6.

At the summit, U.S. President Joe Biden signed a groundbreaking executive order that focuses on reforming federal funding and support for tribal nations. This historic move underscores the Biden-Harris Administration's respect for Tribal sovereignty and commitment to promoting tribal self-determination by ensuring that tribal nations have more control over the allocation of federal funding.

In the past, federal policies often undermined the inherent rights of Native peoples to self-governance, leading to...

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