WANTED: NOAH GRANT

Noah Grant is at large and is wanted by the NNPD.
In the early morning hours, he attacked and raped one of our
colleagues from Pinion Unified School District.

Please help us find this criminal. His tattoo is 2 days fresh, about
5’11” in his twenties, shoulder length hair. If you know his whereabouts, please call:

Chinle Police Department @ (928)674-2111

President Ben Shelly Advocates for the Navajo Nation at the 2011 New Mexico State and Tribal Leaders Summit

Santa Fe, N.M — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly joined, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, and New Mexico Secretary of Indian Affairs, Arthur Allison at the 2011 New Mexico State and Tribal Leaders Summit to address education, infrastructure, job creation, health care, and natural resources issues.

President Ben Shelly addressed natural resources, water rights, economic development and infrastructure issues, while Navajo Nation Council Speaker Johnny Naize divulged on issues of health care, and education.

President Shelly asked Governor Martinez to partner with the Navajo Nation on increasing infrastructure development and creating new and sustainable jobs.

“In New Mexico, there is a severe lack of funding to properly plan, design, and construct infrastructure projects,” said Shelly. “This funding shortage contributes to project backlog…I believe we can create a more efficient process by implementing a uniform tribal application portal to accelerate the funding approval process.”

“Ultimately, we need to increase tax-sharing agreements and tax incentives, to create better economic opportunities for all New Mexicans,” stated Shelly. “Further, the State should work in partnership with tribes to evaluate opportunities for New Market Tax Credits to stimulate small business development.”

In her response to job development on tribal lands, Governor Martinez said, “We are taking tribal leaders ideas into consideration. As we gather today, I believe there is so much to be accomplished between the state, tribes, and nations. We need to ensure each Native American community thrives with economic development.”

“We are taking tribal leaders ideas into consideration Gov. Martinez said.” “As we gather today, I believe there is so much to be accomplished between the state, tribes, and nations. We need to ensure each Native American community thrives with economic development.”

In his discussion on natural resources, President Shelly emphasized the need for New Mexico to partner with tribes for energy development.

“Our goals are to develop reliable supplies of energy to meet the energy demand of homes in America,” said President Shelly. “Alongside this, it is important that tribes also balance this development with conservation awareness and preservation. Tribes need energy security and as partners with New Mexico, we can prosper together providing for this energy demand. Our overall mission should be to make New Mexico the energy hub in the country, ready for investment.”

President Shelly and tribal leaders also discussed infrastructure funding.

Joining other tribal leaders, President Shelly told Governor Martinez, “Do not pull funding from the Tribal Infrastructure Fund.” He also requested the governor ensure TIF funding continue to be administered by the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department, rather than the New Mexico Finance Authority.

“We ask that funding continue to be directly administered by the Indian Affairs Department,” said President Shelly. “We had challenges with the New Mexico Finance Authority in the past. In fact, we almost lost over $5 million in funding for the Cutter Later Project because NMFA would not meet us halfway on court venue language. Fortunately, we saved this funding through a legislative fix by reallocating the dollars to the New Mexico Department of Energy.”

In his address to tribal leaders on natural resources, President Shelly emphasized the need for New Mexico to continue its efforts to work with tribes on water rights and environmental issues.

“New Mexico has to provide an opportunity for grandmas, grandpas, and community members to provide comments, said President Shelly. “Transparency and accountability is important to the Navajo Nation and New Mexico’s 22 Tribes, Pueblos and Nations. To move forward with the bold change, we have to all start providing solutions and become more independent.”

“We have to start looking at ourselves as a state and understand the sovereignty of your Nation, said Governor Martinez. “We have to be partners, not just talk about it. We need solutions on both sides of the table. President Shelly, in the very short time I have, I heard your solutions and we (the state and other tribal leaders) could all come up with more solutions. I will do as many of those as I can in the short time that I can.“

This annual summit was Gov. Susana’s first, making this congregation very important to the tribes working with the state of N.M. President Shelly was therefore sure to provide facts to the new Governor, on behalf of the Navajo Nation.

Speaker Naize supported the Navajo Nation well. Naize requested for educational and health care support.

Second Regional Tribal Consultation on Cobell Trust Land Consolidation Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs for Policy and Economic Development Jodi Gillette and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Director Michael Black today were in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the second of six regional government-to-government tribal consultations regarding the Trust Land Consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement.  The meetings with tribal leaders represent part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to re-invigorating nation-to-nation relationships with tribes.

“The consultations are providing important information on constructing an implementation strategy that will benefit tribal communities in addition to freeing up trust lands,” said Gillette. “I am pleased with the consultation process as it respects our government-to-government relationship with the tribes and I am pleased with the input from the regional Tribal Leaders.” 

Today’s participants included leaders and representatives of a number of tribes from the Midwest Region and other Regions.

On May 27, 2011, U.S. Senior District Judge Thomas F. Hogan granted communication between representatives of the United States and Cobell class members only in regards to the Trust Land Consolidation component of the Settlement. 

BACKGROUND ON COBELL SETTLEMENT:

The $3.4 billion Cobell settlement was approved by Congress on November 30, 2010 (Claims Resolution Act of 2010) and signed by President Obama on December 8, 2010. The Cobell Settlement will address the Federal Government’s responsibility for an historical accounting of Individual Indian trust accounts and trust mismanagement claims on behalf of more than 300,000 individual Indians. A fund of $1.5 billion will be used to compensate class members for their historical accounting, trust administration and asset mismanagement claims.

In addition, to address the continued proliferation of thousands of new trust accounts caused by the “fractionation” of land interests through succeeding generations, the Settlement establishes a $1.9 billion fund for the voluntary buy-back and consolidation of fractionated land interests. The land consolidation program will provide individual American Indians with an opportunity to obtain cash payments for divided land interests and free up the land for the benefit of tribal communities. Up to $60 million of the $1.9 billion will be set aside to provide scholarships for post secondary higher education and vocational training for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The locations and dates for the remaining regional tribal consultations can be found at: www.doi.gov/cobell

The Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs discharges the duties of the Secretary of the Interior with the authority and direct responsibility to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with the nation’s 565 federally recognized tribes, advocate policies that support Indian self-determination, protect and preserve Indian trust assets, and administer a wide array of laws, regulations and functions relating to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, tribal members and individual trust beneficiaries. The Assistant Secretary oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education. For more information, visit www.indianaffairs.gov.

REMARKS AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY BY ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL THOMAS E. PEREZ

Thank you for joining us today.  It is an honor to be here with U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales.  The residents of New Mexico are fortunate to have Ken at the helm as the state’s top federal prosecutor.  He has an unwavering commitment to justice and equal opportunity.  I also want to thank District Attorney Rick Tedrow for his partnership.  Civil rights enforcement is indeed a joint venture between federal and local law enforcement, and we appreciate your leadership and partnership.

I began my career as a prosecutor in the Civil Rights Division, and traveled the country helping to bring justice in the wake of vicious, hate-fueled violence. I saw the way such crimes can tear communities apart. Hate crimes are aimed not only at the actual victims, but at the broader community.  I would have loved nothing more than to return to the Justice Department to find there was no longer a need for robust enforcement of hate crimes laws.

Regrettably, as we have seen here in New Mexico and across the nation, the need for aggressive enforcement remains.

The facts of this case shock the conscience – the defendants took advantage of a young man’s mental disability and assaulted him because he is Native American. They defaced his body and branded him with some of the most obvious symbols of hate. They exploited his disability to try to cover-up their actions, and then lied to law enforcement officials investigating the case.

Incidents like this have no place in our nation in 2011.

Recognizing the continuing need for powerful tools to combat such hate-fueled violence, in 2009 Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, providing us with critical new tools to prosecute hate crimes.  To say this act was long in the making would be an understatement.  As an aide to the late Senator Ted Kennedy in the late 90s, I was involved in the effort to secure this landmark legislation.  I helped draft the first version of the bill that was introduced in 1996.  It took more than a decade for this legislation to reach the President’s desk.

The law makes it easier to prosecute hate crimes motivated by race, ethnicity, gender, religion and national origin by removing unnecessary jurisdictional obstacles that made it very difficult –  and often impossible – to prosecute obvious hate crimes.  Equally important, the new law empowers us for the first time to prosecute hate crimes committed because of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.  I first started prosecuting hate crimes over 20 years ago.  I observed many equal opportunity bigots, who hated African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Jews, Muslims, and people who are LGBT.  We now have the tools to prosecute the full range of hate crimes that we see.

This case was the first to be indicted under the new law. Since bringing the charges in this case, we have charged three more cases under the law. We have planned or participated in dozens of training conferences throughout the country, bringing together federal, state and local law enforcement, along with community stakeholders, to educate them about the law and its implementation. More than 80 investigations have been opened under the new law, and we will continue our efforts to aggressively enforce it.

We must acknowledge the reality that across America we are sailing into a strong headwind of intolerance that rears its ugly head in many different ways, shapes and forms. In this fiscal year, This fiscal year we have already charged and convicted
more defendants on hate crimes charges than we did all of last yearwe have already charged and convicted more defendants on hate crimes charges than we did all of last year.  Our docket of cases involving hate-fueled violence directed at Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian communities is on the rise.  We recently completed prosecutions of hate crimes directed at Latinos.  African Americans remain a frequent target of violence, and the 80 investigations opened under the new law include a host of matters involving assaults of individuals who are LGBT.  To those who want to use violence to divide our communities along racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation or other lines, we are here today to deliver a clear and unmistakable message: We will throw the book at you, and we will use every tool in our law enforcement arsenal in the process.  We will work in partnership with local law enforcement, and we will leave no stone unturned.

I want to thank U.S. Attorney Gonzales, as well as the attorneys here in New Mexico and in Washington, for their hard work on this important case. Thank you all for joining us today.

TWO MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO RACIALLY-MOTIVATED ASSAULT IN NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE – Paul Beebe and Jesse Sanford of Farmington, N.M., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, N.M., to federal hate crime charges related to a racially-motivated assault on a 22-year-old developmentally disabled man of Navajo descent, the Department of Justice announced.  A third defendant, William Hatch, of Fruitland, N.M., pleaded guilty in June 2011 to conspiracy to commit a federal hate crime.

Beebe, Hatch and Sanford were indicted by a federal grand jury in November, 2010 on one count of conspiracy and one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (Shepard/Byrd Act).  They were the first defendants ever to be charged under this law, which was enacted in October 2009.  Beebe pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Shepard/Byrd Act, and Sanford pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit a violation of the Shepard/Byrd Act. 

“Deplorable, hate-filled incidents like this one have no place in a civilized society,” said Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas Perez.  “The Justice Department is committed to using all the tools in our law enforcement arsenal, including the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to prosecute acts of hate.”

“No one anywhere, but especially in a state like New Mexico that prides itself on its ethnic, racial and cultural diversity, should be victimized because of what he or she happens to be,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico Kenneth J. Gonzales.  “The young victim in this case was assaulted, branded and scarred because he happens to be a Native American – that simply is inexcusable and criminal.  Today’s guilty pleas demonstrate the law enforcement community’s resolve to bring to justice anyone who victimizes a person because of the color of their skin or ethnic heritage.”

During the plea hearing, Beebe and Sanford admitted that Beebe took the victim to his apartment, which was adorned in racist paraphernalia, including a Nazi flag and a woven dream catcher with a swastika in it.  After the victim had fallen asleep, the defendants began defacing the victim’s body by drawing on him with blue, red and black markers.  Once the victim awoke, Beebe branded the victim, who sat with a towel in his mouth, by heating a wire hanger on a stove and burning the victim’s flesh, causing a permanent deep impression of a swastika in his skin.  The defendants used a cell phone to create a recording of the victim in which they coerced him to agree to be branded.

The defendants also admitted that they defaced the victim’s body with white supremacist and anti-Native American symbols, including shaving a swastika in the back of the victim’s head and using markers to write the words “KKK” and “White Power” within the lines of the swastika.  The defendants further mocked the victim’s heritage by drawing an ejaculating penis and testicles on the victim’s back, telling him that they were drawing his “native pride feathers,” all the while recording the incident on a cell phone to later play for law enforcement, as “proof” that the victim consented to their acts.

“As the primary federal agency responsible for investigating allegations regarding violations of federal civil rights statutes, the FBI stands committed to protecting the freedoms of all Americans,” said Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.  “We remain dedicated to working with our state and local partners to aggressively investigate hate crimes and other civil rights violations.  I would like to commend the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales, the San Juan County District Attorney’s Office and the Farmington Police Department for their work on this case.  I also am proud of the FBI agents who investigated this crime and helped bring the defendants to justice.”

These guilty pleas were the result of a cooperative effort between U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the San Juan, N.M., County District Attorney’s Office.  This case was investigated by the Albuquerque Division of the FBI in cooperation with the Farmington Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roberto Ortega for the District of New Mexico and Special Litigation Counsel Gerard Hogan and Trial Attorney Fara Gold of the Civil Rights Division.

Kayenta Township Request For Proposals for Wetherill Heights Road Rehabilitation Stabilization and Drainage Ditch

To: All Qualified applicants

Subject: 1.25 road rehabilitation/ stabilization and drainage

Kayenta Township is requesting for proposals from all Design/ Build teams to design and build 1.25 miles of road stabilization and drainage ditch in the community of Kayenta. Kayenta Township abides by all Navajo Nation Business Regulatory laws. All inquiries regarding this RFQ are to be made to: Gabriel Yazzie, Kayenta Township, 928-697-8451, or by e-mail: gyazzie@kayentatownship-nsn.gov to request for copy of RFQ.

Non- Mandatory Pre-submittal meeting is scheduled for September 1, 2011 at the Kayenta Township Conference Room @ 11:00 a.m. LOCAL TIME. Sealed RFQ’s packets must be by mail, hand delivery, or an overnight delivery service – due no later than 3:00 p.m. September 9, 2011. Envelopes are to be marked RFQ# Wetherill Heights Road Improvement 1 to the attention of: Gabriel Yazzie- Development Services Director, Kayenta Township, P.O. Box 1490, Kayenta, AZ. 86033.