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Gov. Lujan Grisham objects to Nuclear Regulatory Commission decision

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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke about her objection on July 13 after the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it intends to issue a license to Holtec International for the construction and operation of an interim nuclear water storage facility in New Mexico.

“Despite my strong objections and...

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs supports Roselyn Tso

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer thank the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, for voting to support the confirmation of Roselyn Tso, a member of the Navajo Nation and the current director of the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, to serve as the next director of the Indian Health Service. Tso was nominated by U.S. President Joe Biden earlier this year. Final confirmation of her appointment now awaits approval from the full Senate.

“This is a historic nomination put forth by the Biden-Harris Administration and we commend the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs for supporting the confirmation,” Nez said. “Over many...

President Nez offers solutions to resolve Veterans Trust Fund concerns

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and the Office of the President and Vice President Chief of Staff Paulson Chaco met with the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration on July 6, to continue developing short-term and long-term solutions to resolve a shortfall for the Veterans Trust Fund funding allocation for the upcoming FY2023, which will begin on Oct. 1.

The Navajo Nation Veterans Trust Fund was created in 1998 with an initial investment of $6 million to fund services for Navajo veterans and to reinvest a portion of the Navajo Nation’s revenues into the trust fund to grow the principal. The principal has grown to over $200 million.

In 2017, the Navajo...

Gov. Lujan Grisham takes action to safeguard abortion access

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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order protecting access to reproductive health care services in New Mexico on June 27, protecting medical providers from attempts at legal retribution and establishing that New Mexico will not entertain extradition attempts from other states relating to receiving or performing reproductive services.

“Today we have once again declared that we will take every available action to protect the rights and access to health care of anyone in New Mexico,” Lujan Grisham said. “As long as I am governor, abortion will continue to be legal, safe, and accessible in New Mexico.”

The executive order protects health care providers from...

Applications for economic relief payments for non-filers extended until June 10

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State to deliver millions in rebates, economic aid this summer

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department and Human Services Department are partnering to deliver income tax rebates and economic relief payments signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham earlier this spring. Applications for non-filers to receive the relief payment are extended until 5 pm,  June 10.

Approximately 33,544 applicants are currently eligible for a relief payment and about $18.1 million in relief payments are expected to be issued this July based on the applications approved so far.

In addition to the millions of dollars in automatic rebates allocated to taxpayers, $20 million was...

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