New Mexico News Plus
September 27, 2016
U.S. Government To Pay $492 Million To 17 American Indian Tribes -- NPR The Two-Way
The U.S. government has agreed to pay a total of $492 million to 17 American Indian tribes for mismanaging natural resources and other tribal assets, according to an attorney who filed most of the suits.
In a joint press release by the Departments of Interior and Justice, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel said, "Settling these long-standing disputes reflects the Obama Administration's continued commitment to reconciliation and empowerment for Indian Country."
The settlements mark the end of a push by the Obama administration to resolve what the U.S. says is more than 100 lawsuits totaling more than $3.3 billion brought by American Indian individuals and tribal governments against the federal government. The policy of reaching settlements on the disputes, some of which date back more than a century, is part of a campaign promise the president made to American Indians before he took office. -- 9/27/2016
September 23, 2016
Rudolfo Anaya honored for ‘pioneering stories’ -- Albuquerque Journal
September 20, 2016
Self-Driving Cars Gain Powerful Ally: The Government -- New York Times
Federal auto safety regulators on Monday made it official: They are betting the nation’s highways will be safer with more cars driven by machines and not people.
In long-awaited guidelines for the booming industry of automated vehicles, the Obama administration promised strong safety oversight, but sent a clear signal to automakers that the door was wide open for driverless cars.
“We envision in the future, you can take your hands off the wheel, and your commute becomes restful or productive instead of frustrating and exhausting,” said Jeffrey Zients, director of the National Economic Council, adding that highly automated vehicles “will save time, money and lives.” -- 9/19/2016
September 21, 2016
Game and Fish is warning hunters to be careful what animals they harvest. “Chronic Wasting Disease” has been found in the McGregor Range in southern New Mexico.
It’s recommended that hunters avoid eating meat from animals that appear sick even though there’s no proof the disease can be harmful to humans. -- 9/21/2016
September 19, 2016
New Mexico’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is late paying out millions in federal disaster relief money it owes local governments and contractors.
That money came to the state through FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and is meant to help communities clean up after natural disasters such as wildfires and floods.
Now, State Auditor Tim Keller is asking Governor Susana Martinez to help, immediately. In a letter this week, Keller says there are steps the governor’s office could take to help the troubled department. -- 9/16/2016