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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Improvements to Johnson Road Are the Culmination of Partnership Efforts

Improvements to Johnson Road Are the Culmination of Partnership Efforts

By Admin on Jun 2017

TWIN LAKES-On June 15, President Russell Begaye joined the Bahastl’ah Chapter in ground-breaking a project that will improve Johnson Road just north of Yatahey, N.M. on Highway 491. “Today is an exciting day because improving Johnson Road will help ensure the protection of our children. Improving this road will help in transporting them safely to school,” President Begaye said. “This road can be dangerous after it rains or snows and we want to make sure our children are able to get to school safely.” The president was joined by representatives from the Navajo Division of Transportation (NDOT), New Mexico Department of[...]

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Bears Ears Collaborative Management Must Remain

By Admin on Jun 2017

WINDOW ROCK-Yesterday, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended to President Donald Trump that he consider revising the Bears Ears National Monument boundary, signaling support for shrinking the monument. Secretary Zinke also made recommendations that President Trump: request congressional authority to enable tribal co-management of designated cultural areas within the revised Bears Ears boundary; that Congress make appropriate conservation designations within the current Bears Ears to designate national recreation or conservation areas; and that Congress clarify the intent of management practices within the monument. “This is Native land and the land of our ancestors. The Navajo Nation has been[...]

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President Begaye Swears In Newest Member of Veterans Advisory Council, Nora Smith

President Begaye Swears In Newest Member of Veterans Advisory Council, Nora Smith

By Admin on Jun 2017

WINDOW ROCK-Today, President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez swore in Nora Smith as the final member of the Navajo Veterans Advisory Council. Hailing from Chinle, Ariz., Central Agency, Smith is Naaneesht’ézhí Táchii’nii born for Haltsooí and both her maternal and paternal grandfathers are Tódích’íi’nii. She is a retired Army veteran of 24 years where she achieved the rank of E7 Sergeant First Class and is a veteran of the Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Iraq conflicts. “At the onset of the Begaye-Nez Administration, Vice President Nez and I promised the veterans that their views and concerns would always be[...]

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President Begaye Listens to Proposal to Transfer BIE Administrative Functions Back to Navajo Nation

By Admin on Jun 2017

FLAGSTAFF-On June 8, President Begaye attended a Department of Dine' Education (DODE) meeting that addressed the process of transferring the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Navajo district administrative functions (formerly known as Education Line Offices) to DODE through the P.L. 93-638 Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act. The president maintained that tribal schools, whether BIE, charter or 638 programs, need to address the low levels of achievement that exist across the Navajo Nation. “I’d like to see specialized schools focused on specific areas of study like math, science and arts. I’d like to see preparatory schools that will empower[...]

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Interior Department Needs to Improve Efficiency Within Federal Agencies That Impact Services to Tribal Nations

By Admin on Jun 2017

PHOENIX-On June 1, President Russell Begaye addressed a Department of Interior (DOI) panel calling for improvements to federal agencies that impact the lives of Native Americans across the country. “The Navajo Nation has a long-standing government-to-government relationship with the federal government. This is central to the trust responsibility that exists between the U.S. government and the Navajo people,” President Begaye said. Based on a Mar. 13 presidential executive order to reorganize the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, the DOI organized six listening sessions to solicit input from tribal nations on how the Federal Government could more effectively streamline services to[...]

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