Navajo Nation Council

The Navajo Nation Council session scheduled for Friday has been cancelled so all of the Legislative Branch buildings can be disinfected and sanitized.

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Federal officials have launched multiple measures to reduce cases of missing and killed Native Americans in the past year, including boosting funding for crime victim and witness services, said a U.S. attorney who leads a Justice Department committee on tribal policy.

Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation officials are looking for cost-cutting measures after proposing a budget that is five-million dollars short of the current one.

The Gallup Independent reports the tribe expects to have 167-million dollars in revenue for the 2020 fiscal year that begins in October. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer said in a joint statement their administration is reviewing department operations to look for “duplicate services, stagnant federal dollars, excessive spending, and other cost-saving measures.”

Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President

President Donald Trump has signed a major disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it follows significant winter snowfall that taxed tribal resources.

Authorities say a body tentatively identified as a 4-year-old girl missing since mid-March has found in a creek on the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation.