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Council to investigate Montoya’s sexual harassment claims

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Navajo Nation Vice President Richelle Montoya, the first woman to serve in the office, told hundreds of viewers during a Facebook Live stream on April 16  that she was sexually harassed in August during a meeting.

During the recent Navajo Nation Council spring session, Montoya addressed concerns raised by council...

Council confirms Michael Anderson as DPS Director

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The 25th Navajo Nation Council confirmed the appointment of Michael Anderson to serve as the Division Director for the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety on April 16.

Anderson, who has dedicated his career to public safety, was confirmed following a rigorous review of his background in law enforcement, judicial roles, and community leadership. Before the vote, Council delegates questioned Anderson about his vision and goals related to making communities safer, increasing accountability, allocating resources, and overall efficacy within the Division of Public Safety.

Council Delegate Brenda Jesus (Oaksprings, St. Michaels) highlighted the need for improved...

Gallup couple finally recoups unpaid wages, plus damages

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Two Gallup residents who sought for years to receive unpaid wages owed by a local business owner finally received their paychecks during the week of April 8 under the terms of a settlement agreement facilitated by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions and Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a non-profit organization that promotes worker and social justice.

“Persistence is the key word. We didn’t give up. We just stuck with it,” Jose “Pancho” Olivas said.

Jose, along with his wife, Sandra Olivas, worked for more than six months for Morgan Newsom, a Gallup business owner, at his Farmington restaurant in 2014 and 2015 and were not paid for all their hours, including overtime...

Artists creating pieces for the McKinley County courthouse rotunda

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McKinley County and gallupARTS have selected three area artists to create site-specific artwork for the rotunda of the McKinley County Courthouse complex in  downtown Gallup. In partnership with the State of New Mexico’s Art in Public Places Program and gallupARTS, McKinley County leveraged “1% for the arts” funding to launch a commission-based project for public art to fill the circular rotunda with 360 degrees of beautiful, representative, and engaging art.

The selected artists are:

Monty Claw - Diné painter and silversmith Monty Claw, from Gallup will create three mural-sized paintings to hang in the alcoves surrounding the southern half of the rotunda. Claw will paint...

NTU student recognized with prestigious Udall Scholarship honorable mention

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Navajo Technical University announced on April 17 that the highly competitive Udall Scholarship program awarded Counseling student Myka Jensen an Honorable Mention.

The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship honors the legacies of Morris and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of natural resources. The Udall Foundation recognizes students committed to careers in Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, counseling, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities. Over 400 students at over 150 universities applied for Udall...

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