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September 26, 2014

"In Record Settlement, U.S. To Pay $554 Million To Navajo Nation" – NPR News All Things Considered

The Navajo Nation is about to get the largest settlement the U.S. has ever agreed to pay to a single Native American tribe - $554 million. It will settle a lawsuit that claims the federal government mismanaged funds and natural resources on the Navajo reservation. – 9/25/2014

Note: The agreement will be signed Friday 9/26/2014 and we will post links to the full-text of the agreement when available.


"Health officials check 250 babies in El Paso and New Mexico, 36 are negative for TB" – El Paso Times

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is going over a plan submitted by Providence Memorial Hospital on how the hospital proposes to correct the alleged violations that threatened its federal funding and may have led to the massive exposure of infants to tuberculosis. "It was another busy day at the City of El Paso Department of Public Health as workers continued investigating the tuberculosis exposure that occurred at a local hospital," the city health department said in a statement. -- 9-26-14


Ranch family takes water fight to NM Supreme Court -- KRQE News

Despite recent rains drenching much of the state, New Mexico is still in a drought and as usual water is precious. That’s especially true for ranchers in rural New Mexico. They rely on rain and well water to sustain their crops, but now a company owned by a group of people who live in Italy could change all that.

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center has posted details and a chronology of the case.