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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


2020Talks - January 21, 2021 


Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

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More than 130 tribal leaders in New Mexico wrote letters to President-elect Joe Biden supporting the selection of U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, D-New Mexico, to lead the Department of the Interior. (npr.org)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In what would be an historic selection, President-elect Joe Biden has nominated New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland, D-Albuquerque, to serve as U.S. Interior Secretary. If confirmed by the Senate, Haaland would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary. Gussie Lord is a managing a

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, roughly 913,000 people visited the Gila and San Francisco Rivers annually, according to a new study. (swnmaudubon.org)

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SILVER CITY, N.M. -- The Gila and San Francisco rivers in southwest New Mexico have been central to the state's history, and their designation as "Wild and Scenic" would boost future recreational activities and the local economy, according to a new report. The research shows water-related outdoor r

At least 131 women - 100 Democrats, and 31 Republicans - will serve in Congress in 2021, surpassing the record of 127 set two years ago, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. (bellaluna222/Pixabay)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- When the U.S. Congress convenes in January, a record number of women will be representing their states. Republican and Democratic women elected this year also will witness another milestone, when Kamala Harris becomes the first female and first Black vice president. Kelly Ditt

Today's Indigenous Peoples' Day will be celebrated in 14 states and hundreds of municipalities to recognize the heritage of Native Americans. (wiki.org)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- People across the globe can join the observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day in New Mexico today with a virtual celebration from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Last year, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples

The 2020 census count determines how much of the $675 billion in federal funds states and counties receive and shapes the maps of legislative districts. (americanlibrariesmagazine.org)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Starting today, census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't returned their 2020 census forms. Residents of New Mexico historically are undercounted, in part because nearly 900,000 people live in rural, hard-to-count areas. Jacob Vigil, research and policy analyst with

The U.S. Treasury Department announced Tuesday it would release coronavirus relief funding to the nation's 574 federally recognized tribes, weeks after states, cities and counties received their funding. (Wikipedia)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Tribal communities now will begin receiving federal coronavirus relief funding, a week after the government missed a congressional deadline for distribution, and only after being sued over who is eligible for the money. In a phone call with reporters on Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall,

About 40% of Navajo Nation households don't have running water, and many of the filling stations they use to get water have closed during the pandemic. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

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SANTA FE, N.M. -- After New York and New Jersey, the place with the highest coronavirus infection rate in the United States is the Navajo Nation. Long-standing problems within the Nation have contributed to the spread of COVID-19 in mostly rural tribal areas of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Many ho

Volunteers unload boxes of water on the Navajo Nation as part of a grassroots food-distribution effort to help the 180,000 tribal members during the coronavirus pandemic. (Deidra Peaches)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A relief fund to help Navajo and Hopi families in the Navajo Nation cope with the coronavirus pandemic has raised more than $800,000 to date. The Navajo Nation has reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases, with the latest information showing 44 deaths. Cassandra Begay is the co

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