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The U.S. Interior Department has awarded a nearly $84 million contract for a water pipeline in northwestern New Mexico.

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The Trump administration said Tuesday that it can save taxpayers millions of dollars, make better decisions and trim a “top heavy” office in Washington by moving the headquarters of the nation’s biggest land agency to Colorado and dispersing scores of jobs across 11 states in the U.S. West.

Interior Department officials said they hope to open the new Bureau of Land Management headquarters in the western Colorado town of Grand Junction and complete most of the job shifts by September 2020.

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The Navajo Nation again is trying to consolidate land that has multiple owners within the reservation.

The tribe recently signed an agreement with the Interior Department for a second phase of the land buyback program. The program is part of a legal settlement that found the federal government squandered billions of dollars it held in trust for tribes from energy development or other uses of tribal land.

Federal officials agreed to spend $1.6 billion to purchase so-called fractionated parcels and transfer the land to tribes. About $322 million remains.

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