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Governor signs executive order strengthening Fostering Connections program at CYFD

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SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order strengthening the Fostering Connections program to expand services for youth who did not previously qualify on March 14.

“New Mexico has the nation’s premier Fostering Connections program, with one of the highest rates of participation in the...

Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development launches $16 million in third round of artisan, small business relief

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SAINT MICHAELS, Ariz. — Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development launched its third round of financial relief aimed at artisans and small business owners that suffered financial loss and hardships due to the pandemic and government shutdown on March 6.

“We continue to exist as Navajo in the most powerful country in the world,” President Buu Nygren said.  “Like our ancestors before us, we are resilient.”

Office of the President and Vice President Executive Director of Division of Economic Development, Tony Skrelunas, and Chief Financial Officer Emerson Horace III, were joined by Managing Partner of HN4 Solutions LLC, Spencer W. Willie, and CEO Tribal D, Inc., Bill Farr...

Council votes to change the Navajo Nation’s 2024 primary election date

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The 25th Navajo Nation Council held a special session on March 8 and approved an emergency legislation changing the Navajo Nation Primary Election date to July 30.The change will only apply to the 2024 primary election and will not carry over to the next year.

According to Navajo Election Code, the Navajo Nation’s primary elections are held the first Tuesday in August for any year in which a general election is held and at which candidates for public office are to be elected.

On Feb. 8,Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed into law House Bill 2785, changing Arizona’s 2024 primary election date to July 30, which will only apply for this year’s primary...

Governor signs bill creating $959M trust fund guaranteeing tuition-free college in New Mexico

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SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 159, creating a nearly $1 billion trust fund and a scholarship program fund to ensure tuition-free college in New Mexico for decades to come, the week of March 5.

“By creating this fund, New Mexico is keeping our original promise of tuition-free college for residents and cementing our status as the nation’s leader for college equity and access," Lujan Grisham said. “Our monumental investments from early childhood education to college and career are already making a life-changing difference for tens of thousands of New Mexicans and setting the example for every other state.”

With the establishment of the Early...

Governor signs landmark bills to improve healthcare affordability, access

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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, New Mexico — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law legislation that builds on the administration's work to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for every New Mexican on March 1.

“Delivering quality healthcare to New Mexico’s population requires a tailored approach that takes into account rural communities, New Mexicans benefiting from Medicaid, and the tens of thousands of public employees in our state,” Lujan Grisham said. “These are bills that are going to positively impact a vast swath of New Mexicans.”

The governor signed these important healthcare bills during a ceremony at Sierra Vista Hospital in Truth or Consequences.


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