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The New (Unofficial) New Mexico Delegation

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Days are getting shorter and colder, but the mood across the country was heated as people headed to the polls to cast their votes in the 2020 General Election Nov. 3.

After the polls closed at 7 pm, ballots were tallied until all precincts reported their final results in the early hours of Nov. 4.


Nez, Lizer proclaim November ‘Navajo Nation Adoption Awareness Month’

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signed a proclamation Nov. 1 to recognize the month of November as “Navajo Nation Adoption Awareness Month” to stress that there are hundreds of Navajo children who receive foster care services while waiting to be adopted by a loving family.

The proclamation states that there is a critical need to increase awareness regarding the number of Navajo children and teens in need of a permanent home on the Navajo Nation. Many Navajo youths will “age out” of the foster care system before they can find a forever home.

“Every Navajo child deserves a stable, loving, forever family. As Diné, our...

Navajo transportation department asks for federal funding

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TSE BONITO, N.M.— Navajo Division of Transportation Executive Director Garret Silversmith advocated before a Resource and Development Committee Breakout Session Oct. 27 for increased federal funding in support of Navajo Nation transportation infrastructure projects.

“We appreciate the consistent support of our Navajo Nation President, Vice President and Council for advocating and allocating funds on behalf of Navajo DOT,” Silversmith said. “However, our transportation inventory is huge and there’s not enough money to address the needs of our Nation.”

The RDC Breakout Session was a part of the White House Administration’s visit to the Navajo Nation, in which White House...

Online hardship assistance applications available to Navajo Nation on Nov. 2

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation Office of the Controller opened the application for the Hardship Assistance Program for enrolled members of the Navajo Nation who are 65-years or older and to special needs individuals. The office acknowledged that there is a shortage of hard copy applications that were provided to the Nation’s 110 chapters, and says it is working quickly to provide additional hard copies.

On Oct. 9, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer approved the hardship assistance expenditure plan to provide $49 million in CARES Act funds for emergency financial assistance for enrolled members of the Navajo Nation through an application...

President Nez discusses CARES Act deadline, other concerns with Rep. O’Halleran

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NAZLINI, Ariz.— Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez met with Arizona Congressman Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., Oct. 23, to talk about ongoing CARES Act projects and the pending Dec. 30, deadline to expend funds, infrastructure needs and initiatives on the Navajo Nation, and efforts of the Nez-Lizer Administration to work with federal agencies to move projects forward.

The two leaders met in the community of Nazlini, Ariz., as the Nez-Lizer Administration held a food and care package distribution to help local residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. O’Halleran and his staff members also assisted with the distribution of food and supplies to local families.

“We appreciate the...

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