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Supreme Court issues ruling on illegally obtained evidence

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District court judges lack authority to decide

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that district court judges have no authority during a pretrial preliminary hearing in a criminal case to decide whether evidence was obtained illegally by law enforcement on Sept. 5.

At a preliminary hearing, a judge determines...

Finance Committee approves the Navajo Nation FY24 comprehensive budget

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The 25th Navajo Nation Council Budget and Finance Committee approved the Navajo Nation Comprehensive Budget for Fiscal Year 2024 on Aug. 31, through Legislation 0214-23, which funds direct services for elders, provides aid to veterans, supports public safety, supplements local government relief, and sets aside funding for future housing developments.

“Legislation 0214-23 is a product of the Budget and Finance Committee’s work with members of the 25th Navajo Nation Council through the standing committee oversight hearings. The committee took three weeks to listen to standing committee recommendations and to division directors and department heads,”...

Public safety, marriage act spur discussion

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TOHATCHI — The 25th Navajo Nation Council’s Law and Order Committee held a regular committee meeting on Aug. 25 at the Tohatchi Chapter House to hear two legislations and listen to the concerns of the community regarding public safety.

Officials from the Navajo Nation Police Department, Department of Public Safety and Department of Justice and Chapter Officials from Tohatchi were in attendance.

Legislation No. 0139-23, sponsored by Council Delegate Seth Damon (Baahaali, Chilchiltah, Manuelito, Red Rock, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh), seeks to repeal 9 N.N.C. § 2 (C) of the Diné Marriage Act of 2005, to uniformly recognize all marriages within the Navajo Nation and amend other...

Heinrich announces funding for mental health services

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WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced that New Mexico will receive $323,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Sept. 5.

This is the first of three years of funding that New Mexico will receive under the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act that Heinrich negotiated and passed into law in June 2022. This funding will go to New Mexico’s Department of Human Services to expand access to mental health care across the state. Permissible expenses include funding mental health and support services not otherwise covered by public or private health insurance, increasing awareness of mental health resources, and determining...

Wildfire recovery funds issued to San Miguel County

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Over $6 million approved in federal funding

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich., D -N.M., and Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M.,  and U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández, D-N.M., announced over $6 million in federal funding to San Miguel County on Aug. 31 for reimbursement for county road repairs as a result of the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire The grant now awaits distribution by the New Mexico’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

“I will not stop fighting until all New Mexicans impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire are made whole again, and this investment takes us one step closer to getting this done,” Heinrich said. “These funds will...

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