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Legislations approved by Naabik’íyáti’ Committee move forward to Navajo Nation Council special session

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WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ. – Over the span of two days, the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee of the 24th Navajo Nation Council held a Special Meeting to pass 21 legislations, with 18 legislations moving forward to the Navajo Nation Council. Due to time constraints during the Special Meeting, Legislation No. 0240-22 and Legislation...

24th Navajo Nation Council honors the life of former Arizona Senator James Henderson Jr.

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The 24th Navajo Nation Council honored the life of former Arizona Senator James Henderson Jr. in a press release published on Jan. 2. Henderson passed away in Gallup on Dec. 30.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of an amazing father, grandfather, husband, and leader who advocated for his constituents on a state and federal level,” Hon. Speaker Otto Tso said. “During his career as an elected official, Honorable Senator James Henderson Jr. made it his priority to be the voice of our children, elders, and families across the Navajo Nation and the State of Arizona.”

Henderson was born on May 15, 1942, in Ganado, Ariz. He then graduated from Riverside Indian...

Body found on I-40 near mile marker 20

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A body was found on the side of the road on the eastbound side of I-40, near mile marker 20.

Around 10 am on Jan. 7, the Gallup Police Department received a call from someone who was driving eastbound on I-40. According to Gallup Police Captain Erin Toadlena-Pablo, officers found the body near the Munoz overpass.

This story will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.


Chinle man sentenced to more than 30 years for murder, arson

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PHOENIX – A man from Chinle, Ariz. was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for murder and arson.

According to the FBI report, on April 17, 2020, Alberto Toddy brutally assaulted two victims with a baseball bat inside one of the victim’s homes. Toddy, 35, then intentionally set fire to the home, resulting in the death of one of the victims who had been rendered unconscious by the assault. The offense occurred in Chinle, on the Navajo Nation, where both the victims and Toddy are enrolled members.

Toddy was sentenced on Dec. 19 by United States District Judge Dominic W. Lanza to 365 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Toddy pleaded guilty to Second...

Editor’s Top Five stories for 2022

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These stories are not in a particular order, but were chosen based on their impact on Gallup and McKinley County as a whole.



Going into 2022, doctors and nurses were leaving Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, and community members voiced major concerns about the administration and the hospital’s financial condition.

On April 15, the hospital hired new CEO Robert Whitaker to replace interim CEO Don Smithburg as a way to meet one of the county commissioners’ concerns.

During an Aug. 5 interview with the Sun, Whitaker discussed some of the problems the hospital had when he took over and continues to struggle with.


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