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Navajo Nation advocates for Office of Tribal Affairs at the U.S. Department of Treasury

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer urge the U.S. Department of the Treasury to establish an Office of Tribal Affairs with a politically appointed officer at the Assistant Secretary level who advises the Treasury Secretary on issues impacting tribal governments and citizens.

The U.S. Treasury...

Navajo Nation establishes the Fiscal Recovery Fund office for the American Rescue Plan Act

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On Oct. 4, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez issued Executive Order No. 008-2021, establishing the Navajo Nation Fiscal Recovery Fund Office dedicated to overseeing and implementing the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act. The establishment of the office was authorized through Resolution CJY-41-21, which was approved by the 24 Navajo Nation Council and signed into law in August.

On Sept. 23, Nez and Chief of Staff Paulson Chaco presented the plan of operation for the Navajo Nation Fiscal Recovery Fund Office to the Naabik'íyáti' Committee. Council delegates voted 17-3 to accept the report, allowing the Office of the...

Gov. Lujan Grisham announces $5.6 million of additional funding for low-income families with children

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On Oct. 1 Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham announced a one-time cash payment of $446 will be issued to those families who were eligible for the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund. This one-time payment was issued on Oct. 2. Nearly 13,000 New Mexico families received the payment.

“This critical assistance will help nearly 13,000 working New Mexico families,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “My administration will continue to aggressively pursue every avenue for helping working families get the services and assistance they need, whether it’s child care, or energy assistance, or cash for other necessities.”

New Mexico received the allotment from the Administration of Children and Families...

Lawsuit filed to keep Holtec nuclear storage facility out of state

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SANTA FE— Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the State of New Mexico filed suit against the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the United States seeking to stop them from indefinitely storing the nation’s supply of high level radioactive waste in Southeastern New Mexico. The March 29 complaint alleges that the NRC is acting beyond the scope of its authority in licensing the proposed interim storage facility to be located in Lea and Eddy counties and that the interim storage facility will jeopardize the state’s water resources and agricultural interests and shift the enormously expensive job of training and equipping first responders to the state and local...

Navajo Nation declares Pet Spay, Neuter Awareness Month

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation First Lady Phefelia Nez and Second Lady Dottie Lizer were joined by President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, Navajo Nation Veterinary Management, and the Navajo Nation Animal Control Program Feb. 19 to sign a proclamation to recognize the month of February as the “Navajo Nation Pet Spay and Neuter Awareness Month” to encourage Navajo citizens to spay and neuter their pets to avoid the overpopulation of kittens and puppies.

The proclamation declares a critical need to increase awareness of the overpopulation of domestic animals on the Navajo Nation. Overpopulation contributes to these animals suffering from infectious diseases and...

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