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Leger Fernández secures $23.5 million for community projects

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WASHINGTON D.C. – Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández, D-N.M., helped pass the fiscal year 2023 appropriations bill to fund the government on Dec. 23. The bill includes $23,552,000 in specific Community Project Funding for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. It also includes numerous other provisions she...

To’Hajiilee community leaders, educators secure $90.4 million for new school

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WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer congratulated the students, educators, school board, and community members of To’Hajiilee, N.M. in a press release published on Dec. 23 for securing $90.4 million within the FY2023 Omnibus Budget to construct a new To’Hajiilee Community School facility.

The To’Hajiilee Community School is a tribally-controlled school with a mission to integrate Navajo language and culture for quality academic achievement and success for all K-12 grade students. The school was built in 1935 and throughout the years experienced flooding, shifted walls, and deterioration.

“This is a monumental achievement...

Funding for Tuba City, Shiprock domestic violence shelters approved in federal omnibus spending bill

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WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer extended their appreciation to the Navajo Nation’s congressional delegation in a press release published on Dec. 23 for their successful efforts to earmark funding to construct domestic violence shelters in Tuba City, Ariz. and Shiprock, N.M. The funding was included in the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by the U.S. House on Dec. 23, which is expected to be signed into law by President Joe Biden.

The Navajo Nation Division of Social Services, under Executive Director Deannah Neswood Gishey, worked closely with congressional members to put forth the funding proposal. Nez and Lizer also...

Mentmore man sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for carjacking, assault

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ALBUQUERQUE – A Mentmore man is facing seven and half years in jail after he attacked a woman.

Nathan Singer Lee, 28, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was staying at the home of the victim, also an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, in Ramah since Jan. 26, 2020.

On Jan. 28 2020, the victim and her boyfriend traveled to Albuquerque, where they had been summoned to testify before a grand jury in a matter involving an individual known by Lee. The victim and her boyfriend told Lee that they were both witnesses in the case against the other individual, and Lee traveled to Albuquerque with them.

On Jan. 31, 2020, Lee and the victim's boyfriend were arrested in connection with...

Frosty the Snowman visits Gallup

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Window art, scavenger hunt tell the classic wintertime story

If you’ve been downtown recently, you may have noticed the festive window art decorating local businesses’ windows. As part of the Coal Avenue Commons construction mitigation effort, gallupARTS partnered with a family of local artists to create the series of window paintings.

The window art runs along Coal Avenue between First and Third Streets.

GallupARTS Executive Director Rose Eason spoke to the Sun about collaborating with the family to come up with the “Frosty the Snowman Visits Gallup” theme.

The family worked together to incorporate localized themes into the classic story in an effort to “make downtown...

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