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Curley pushes for Indigenous peoples' inclusion in the United Nations General Assembly

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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — Navajo Nation Council Speaker Crystalyne Curley stood in unity with indigenous leaders and representatives from around the world at the United Nations ON June 19 to advocate for the inclusion of indigenous peoples in the United Nations General Assembly, emphasizing the importance of Indigenous...

Navajo Nation Council acts to protect Navajo Nation ARPA funds from federal ‘clawback’

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — During a recent special session, the 25th Navajo Nation Council adopted Resolution No. CMY-28-24, a proactive measure aimed at protecting the Navajo Nation’s Fiscal Recovery Funds or American Rescue Plan Act funds, from being reverted back to the federal government if it is signed into law by the Navajo Nation President.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. President Joe Biden signed ARPA into law on March 11, 2021, which allocated $20 billion for tribal nations. The Navajo Nation received approximately $2 billion in ARPA funds.

In July, the 24th Navajo Nation Council adopted Resolution No. CJY-29-22, which allocated over $1 billion of the ARPA funds for...

Leger Fernández introduces bill to help New Mexicans build financial literacy skills

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández reintroduced the Financial Fitness Act on June 4. The bill will create a public personal finance education portal on the Department of Education website to help students and families grow their financial literacy skills and better prepare for their future.

“Students and families face substantial and difficult financial decisions when they choose to pursue higher education," Leger Fernández said. "Students of color and low-income students tend to carry the heaviest burden when it comes to paying for college. We must give students and families the tools to make the best financial decisions possible."

She went on to explain why...

Governor issues statement on Biden's executive order to secure the border

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WASHINGTON D.C.  — U.S. President Joe Biden announced new measures to secure the U.S.'s Southern border on June 4. There new Executive Order bars migrants who cross unlawfully from receiving asylum.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement after Biden's announcement:

“As a border state governor and former chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, I’m encouraged by President Biden’s plan to rein in illegal border crossings and help our nation's immigration officers manage this challenge," she said. In New Mexico, I’ve long emphasized the need for more border agents to help crack down on drug and human trafficking. While only Congress can provide those...

President Nygren disputes ‘false accusations’ by Vice President

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Montoya alleged incident occurred last August

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — During a May 28 press conference, Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren asserted nothing inappropriate, untoward or in violation of any policy occurred between him and Navajo Nation Vice President Richelle Montoya at a meeting last August, as she has alleged.

“I am deeply offended that I have been shamelessly slandered about this meeting,” Nygren said. “This has led to unnecessary confusion. The Vice President’s statement last August did not support these accusations in any way. Her stories have been inconsistent and have changed over time.”

He said he asked the Vice President to meet with him only because...

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