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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...

Speaker Curley advocates for the Navajo Nation at the Department of the Interior Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee meeting

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Navajo Nation Council Speaker Crystalyne Curley advocated on behalf of the Navajo Nation at the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee meeting hosted by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5.

In 2021, Haaland announced the formation of the Department’s first-ever Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee, to ensure tribal leaders have direct and consistent contact and communication with the current and future Department officials to facilitate discussions on intergovernmental responsibilities, exchange views, share information and provide advice and recommendations regarding Departmental programs and...

Navajo Nation Council Delegate testifies on National Parks Air Tour Management Program impacts before house subcommittee

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Delegate Carl Roessel Slater of the 25th Navajo Nation Council, representing the communities of Tsaile/Wheatfields, Lukachukai, Round Rock, Tséch’izhí, and Rock Point, delivered a poignant testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Dec. 5. The hearing, titled “Limited Access and Damaging Gateway Economies: Examining the National Parks Air Tour Management Program,” included contributions from one federal witness and four non-federal witnesses.

Slater underscored the risks posed by air tours to the Navajo people, including intrusion of privacy, potential damage to cultural sites, and environmental...

25th Navajo Nation Council celebrates historic signing of the Navajo Nation Procurement Act amendments

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COYOTE CANYON, N.M. — Members of the 25th Navajo Nation Council joined Navajo Nation President Dr. Buu Nygren in a historic event as he signed into law amendments to the Navajo Nation Procurement Act Nov. 3.

Legislation No. 0203-23 was unanimously approved by the Council Oct. 16. The resolution amends the Navajo Nation Procurement Act for the first time in 32 years and the Navajo Nation Business Opportunity Act to reduce “red tape” and expedite internal processes to help programs, departments, and Navajo business owners.

At the signing ceremony, legislation sponsor Council Delegate Seth Damon said the amendments will cut red tape and will help to optimize the drawing down of funds...

Luján, Blackburn introduce resolution to support global nuclear safety

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WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., introduced a bipartisan resolution in support of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s role promoting nuclear security Oct. 26. This resolution reaffirms U.S. interest in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, securing nuclear materials, and ensuring that the IAEA has the resources to successfully carry out its duties. It also upholds IAEA’s position as an indispensable organization for strengthening nuclear security and facilitating access to applications of nuclear technology.

U.S. Representative Bill Foster, D-Ill., has introduced a companion resolution in the U.S. House of...

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