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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Vice President Nez Visits Students at 2017 Navajo Nation Science Fair

Vice President Nez Visits Students at 2017 Navajo Nation Science Fair

By Admin on Feb 2017

CHURCH ROCK, N.M. – Today, Vice President Jonathan Nez visited with students at the 2017 Navajo Nation Science Fair to encourage them to continue to achieve a brighter future for themselves and the Navajo Nation. In a speech to the students, Vice President Nez said, “You can do whatever you want in life. Set a goal and reach it. Never let anyone tell you, you can’t do it. Remember these words of encouragement as you start accomplishing things for yourself, families, community and our Navajo people.” Vice President Nez was greatly impacted by the science fair project by a student[...]

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President Begaye: HB 509 and 487 Further Dual Taxation and Impact Local Tribal Economies

By Admin on Feb 2017

SANTA FE-President Russell Begaye said that New Mexico House Bills 509 and 487, known as Tax Gas At The Rack, would further dual taxation on tribal lands and push gas revenues toward the border towns. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, President Begaye and other tribal leadership met with the bill’s primary sponsors, Representative Carl Trujillo (D-District 46) and Robert “Bobby” J. Gonzalez (D-District 42). Trujillo said the intent of the meeting was to explain the tax plan and give tribal leaders an opportunity to ask questions. As it relates to taxation, HB 509 and HB 487 seek to impose a gasoline[...]

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OPVP Collaborates with All Pueblo Council of Governors to Protect Chaco Canyon

OPVP Collaborates with All Pueblo Council of Governors to Protect Chaco Canyon

By Admin on Feb 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – On Feb. 23, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez joined forces with the All Pueblo Council of Governors against fracking and horizontal drilling in the Chaco Canyon region. “We are descendants from the Chaco Canyon area. We are connected to these lands spiritually. The voices of our ancestors live in this area and any disturbance to this area is culturally and morally insensitive,” said President Begaye. Whether or not tribal leaders are appointed or voted into office, they have the responsibility to protect tribal nations, resources, and sacred sites, he said. The greater Chaco[...]

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Navajo Nation Stands in Opposition of Easement Granted to DAPL

By Admin on Feb 2017

WINDOW ROCK – On Feb. 22, The Navajo Nation filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with 34 Federally Recognized Indian Tribes against the Lake Oahe Easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The federal government is required to be held accountable in its trust responsibility to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “The federal government must be held accountable for its treaty obligation and in good faith must upholds a nation-to-nation relationship with all tribes, including the Navajo Nation,” said President Begaye. “We expect nothing less.”[...]

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OPVP Meets with Dilkon Steering Committee on Construction of IHS Facility

OPVP Meets with Dilkon Steering Committee on Construction of IHS Facility

By Admin on Feb 2017

WINDOW ROCK-President Russell Begaye has been working to remove roadblocks in the construction of the Navajo Area Indian Health Service facility and told the Dilkon Steering Committee yesterday that the Winslow Indian Healthcare Corporation (WIHCC) will be brought on to participate in the planning and design of the facility. The WIHCC will work in direct collaboration with the Dilkon Steering Committee and Navajo Area IHS to ensure the facility is designed with input from the community. The project is estimated to cost $187 million and will include living quarters for staff. The facility will be constructed by Navajo Area IHS[...]

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