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Heinrich calls for locally-driven solutions to tackle drought

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—During a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing Oct. 13, U. S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-NM, addressed the long-term drought challenges New Mexico faces, and called for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of water management across the state.

He suggested that locally driven and...

Lujan Grisham calls for action on gun violence

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In a fundraising email to supporters, an “angry” and “frustrated” U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham called for “common sense” action to curb gun violence.

In the email, from her Friends of Michelle campaign committee; Lujan Grisham notes a Washington Post article that showed there have been more mass shootings so far this year than days in the year.

The Washington Post has been tracking shootings with multiple people injured or killed, such as the Los Altos Skate Park shooting that left one dead, one paralyzed and several others injured. Other counts only list those with multiple people killed.

Lujan Grisham said that the “gun culture” in the United States helps...

President Begaye welcomed NANA Development Corporation

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. —Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye met with representatives of the NANA Development Corporation on Oct. 6.

NANA Development Corporation is an Alaska Native Corporation that has more than 14,000 shareholders who are comprised mainly of tribal or village members.

President of NANA Development Corporation, Helvi Sandvik, said the purpose of their visit was to familiarize themselves with the Navajo Nation and look for mutual business opportunities.

“The NANA Corporation aims to improve our community member’s lifestyles while creating economic opportunity and helping people achieve their goals,” Sandvik said. “We strive to help ourselves and Native people...

Millions for tribal prevention programs

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Funds allocated for suicide, domestic violence and drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Oct. 7, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that several New Mexico Tribes and organizations will be receiving a total of $4.4 million over five years, for prevention programs.

The money will be used to prevent suicide, fight drug abuse, and combat domestic violence through the Indian Health Service’s Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative, and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative programs. The MSPI program provides support for Tribal communities to develop culturally appropriate prevention and treatment methods for suicide and drug abuse, particularly methamphetamine...

EPA cherry-picked data, according to joint Congressional hearing

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SANTA FE – At a joint Congressional Hearing for Natural Resources and Oversight & Government Reform, New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn clarified numerous discrepancies from testimony made earlier in the day by the Environmental Protection Agency. This included the agency’s summary-level, cherry-picked data that sought to downplay the severity of the Gold King Mine spill.

Flynn testified that the EPA neglected to include a key contaminant, arsenic, among the data supplied. Nor did EPA include total metals, just dissolved metals, which skirted a health comparison with Safe Drinking Water Act levels. It also downplayed the severity of the spill. EPA inappropriately presented...

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