Rep. Lujan visits Dine College in Shiprock

Full story: Farmington Daily Times

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan met with Dine College administrators on how he could help the college develop a work force capable of serving industry in San Juan County.
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Being Learned

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Jul 8, 2010
When coming to San Juan County, why does Lujan only visit
Shiprock. Does he not know that Aztec, Bloomfield and
Farmington folks would love to visit with their Congressman?
BBB

Ponderosa, NM

#2 Jul 8, 2010
I hope that Congressman Lujan will be able to secur $90 million for Dine College for expansion and other services. NM Rep. Ray Begaye passed legislation that would include tribal colleges in NM Higher Education Department capital and general fund dollars for operation. This funding would create a better partnership with NM. Rep. Begaye and House of Representatives recently funded $5 million to Dine College Library now named Senator John Pinto building.
Public service

Salt Lake City, UT

#3 Jul 8, 2010
A public administration and small business administration program should be emphasized. As much gripe and grief there is about how the NN and local governments operate, this would be a good course. Graduates would learn how to run a chapter, a city, and how to serve the public.
Askin for more

Las Cruces, NM

#4 Jul 8, 2010
I thought a SOVEREIGN nation was to fund itself. Oh wait they just want sovereignty from taxes and responsibility to its own people. The Nation is one big welfare program with those at the top only getting richer off our tax dollars.
Yosef

Los Alamos, NM

#5 Jul 8, 2010
Askin for more wrote:
I thought a SOVEREIGN nation was to fund itself. Oh wait they just want sovereignty from taxes and responsibility to its own people. The Nation is one big welfare program with those at the top only getting richer off our tax dollars.
I agree. These Navajos are always crying sovereignty. But when it comes to getting funds from the Federal or State government they have their hands out and forget all about sovereignty. Navajos should fund their own operations and welfare programs.
El Gringo

Gilbert, AZ

#6 Jul 8, 2010
Being Learned wrote:
When coming to San Juan County, why does Lujan only visit
Shiprock. Does he not know that Aztec, Bloomfield and
Farmington folks would love to visit with their Congressman?
Because he's a boot licking wusspy! He is way to afraid of facing th voters!
Sic

Fort Defiance, AZ

#7 Jul 8, 2010
Yosef wrote:
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I agree. These Navajos are always crying sovereignty. But when it comes to getting funds from the Federal or State government they have their hands out and forget all about sovereignty. Navajos should fund their own operations and welfare programs.
If the Navajo Nation is truly a sovereign Nation, it would have every reason to reach out to the US Government for money, goods, and other commodies, but get very little considering many broken promises. After all, your tax money worth millions and billions of dollars are going to sovereign countries like: Israel, Iraq, Afhan, south Korea, mexico, south america, africa, even some communist countries, etc, etc. Why aren't you crying about that.
El Gringo

Gilbert, AZ

#8 Jul 8, 2010
My Navajo friends see through this dude "Squats to Pee" Lujan.
pulostz

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Jul 8, 2010
I'd like to spit some beech nut in that dude's eye
Askin for more

Las Cruces, NM

#10 Jul 8, 2010
Sic wrote:
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If the Navajo Nation is truly a sovereign Nation, it would have every reason to reach out to the US Government for money, goods, and other commodies, but get very little considering many broken promises. After all, your tax money worth millions and billions of dollars are going to sovereign countries like: Israel, Iraq, Afhan, south Korea, mexico, south america, africa, even some communist countries, etc, etc. Why aren't you crying about that.
A true sovereign nation pays for its own infrastructure while providing a service or goods to other nations in free trade. The other countries you mentioned have a STABLE economy and free trade with the US which is why we LOAN them the money as a trade incentive. What we do with the Navajo Nation amount to the largest case of federal WELFARE. Tell me more than one thing that the Nation offers to other citizens in the nation besides gambling debt. And last time i checked the broken promises come from the Nation to its own people in the form of a corrupt broken tribal council that only watches out for those they deem worthy of the already hundreds of millions a year just the Navajo nation recieves in aid designed to get the Nation out of the poverty state it suffers in because of the afformentioned tribal government!
Get the facts

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Jul 8, 2010
Being Learned wrote:
When coming to San Juan County, why does Lujan only visit
Shiprock. Does he not know that Aztec, Bloomfield and
Farmington folks would love to visit with their Congressman?
Could it be because Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington didn't vote for him? Your joke of a candidate, Tom Mullins, is going to get crushed in this next election. He needs to campaign more in Northern New Mexico and tell them how he would support the turning of our border with Mexico into a mine field. That would really go over well with the voters up there.
He has my vote

Farmington, NM

#12 Jul 8, 2010
He has my vote, Congressman Lujan does a great job. He works for all New Mexicans.
Mad dea

Cedar Crest, NM

#13 Jul 8, 2010
Thanks Congressman Lujan for visting Shiprock and the NN. For all that were not there you obviously don't know what the forum was about. Dine college as with other minority colleges around the US are overlooked when it comes to attaining funding from the US government. Currently all the funding goes to the Ivy league schools. Enough of the hating. There are alot of hard working Navajo people that pay state and federal taxes.
Tolerance Please

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Jul 8, 2010
Mad dea wrote:
Thanks Congressman Lujan for visting Shiprock and the NN. For all that were not there you obviously don't know what the forum was about. Dine college as with other minority colleges around the US are overlooked when it comes to attaining funding from the US government. Currently all the funding goes to the Ivy league schools. Enough of the hating. There are alot of hard working Navajo people that pay state and federal taxes.
I agree. All the haters are nothing but stupid no-nothing ignorant classless acts! I pay my taxes just the same, because I know the funds go to education, health care, roads, new facilities, public safety, industry support & development...all the things the county & its citizen couldn't afford otherwise. Extend the benefit of the doubt, or just help out of your own compassion. Hatred, insults, and stereotypes serve nothing and does nothing to further the human kind!
Askin for more

Las Cruces, NM

#15 Jul 8, 2010
Mad dea wrote:
Thanks Congressman Lujan for visting Shiprock and the NN. For all that were not there you obviously don't know what the forum was about. Dine college as with other minority colleges around the US are overlooked when it comes to attaining funding from the US government. Currently all the funding goes to the Ivy league schools. Enough of the hating. There are alot of hard working Navajo people that pay state and federal taxes.
Funding goes to Ivy League Scools???!!!! Those institutions are FULLY private with no government assistance whatsoever. All extra funding comes from alumni because most Ivy League graduates make triple the starting salary of a regular college graduate. An individual attending may get SOME help but that is usually in the form of a LOAN. Most schools are funded in a very large part by alumni.
The simple fact still is the balancing of so called sovereignty versus government money. If you want to take the money that ALL US taxpayer fund then you must fully integrate the Navajo nation into the United States. None of this jurisdictional BS that law enforcement face. None of the runaround that businesses face when trying to collect on unpaid accounts both individual and corporate. Companies in this town face years of runaround with the Nation when trying to reposses unpaid for property because people slip out to the SOVEREIGN Nation. And no more special treatment when it comes to jobs, welfare and everything else. Being brown should not justify tons of free government money. STOP THE PITY PARTY! I am sure if i checked my history i could find some major wrong sone to me by this government to my family line. Does that mean i should get free government cheese and money? No! It menas that i dont worry about the past i just try to live my life in the most productive happy way possible. Every race in the world has been severely wrong at one time or another. It just seems that only a handful expect everyone to pay for it for an eternity. I am sure the first argument will be that i am a racist or some other non-argument, but that is the first defense of people when they know they are facing an uncomfotable truth. Most people dont have problems with other races until the one race makes race an issue of special concern. It does cut both ways..........
The Truth Hurts

Kayenta, AZ

#16 Jul 9, 2010
Mad dea wrote:
Thanks Congressman Lujan for visiting Shiprock and the NN. For all that were not there you obviously don't know what the forum was about. Dine college as with other minority colleges around the US are overlooked when it comes to attaining funding from the US government. Currently all the funding goes to the Ivy league schools. Enough of the hating. There are alot of hard working Navajo people that pay state and federal taxes.
Why do taxpayers have to pour more money into a minority "college" when there is a real one 30 minutes away. That dine school is nothing more than a community GED prep school. The teachers are high-paid babysitters. Lujan goes there for potential votes. Navajos listen because there are hopes and dreamers instead of doers. The last thing minority people need is a minority school. They have no credibility. Go to a school that recognized for it high quality of education, not some p0-dunk sagebrush institute of wasted money. Take a class there if you don't believe me. The same goes for Tsaile. These kiddie schools are just employment agencies for political officials friends and relatives.
The Truth Hurts

Kayenta, AZ

#17 Jul 9, 2010
Tolerance Please wrote:
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I agree. All the haters are nothing but stupid no-nothing ignorant classless acts! I pay my taxes just the same, because I know the funds go to education, health care, roads, new facilities, public safety, industry support & development...all the things the county & its citizen couldn't afford otherwise. Extend the benefit of the doubt, or just help out of your own compassion. Hatred, insults, and stereotypes serve nothing and does nothing to further the human kind!
You must be lujan's shoeshine boy. Mind you business of shinning your nose and shoes in Santa Fe. You don't have a clue about what the real facts are here. Keep enjoying your free cheese.
Snubbed

Salt Lake City, UT

#18 Jul 9, 2010
Being Learned wrote:
When coming to San Juan County, why does Lujan only visit
Shiprock. Does he not know that Aztec, Bloomfield and
Farmington folks would love to visit with their Congressman?
Even President Clinton visited Shiprock, and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Window Rock. Did they go out of their way to visit F-town and the others? No.
B and M

Salt Lake City, UT

#19 Jul 9, 2010
Askin for more wrote:
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STOP THE PITY PARTY! I am sure if i checked my history i could find some major wrong sone to me by this government to my family line. Does that mean i should get free government cheese and money? No! It menas that i dont worry about the past i just try to live my life in the most productive happy way possible. It does cut both ways..........
Yes, the cheeze is cut both ways. It's interesting how you state, "i just try to live my life in the most productive happy way possible," but here you are b__tching and moaning. You're the one who brought racism into the discussion. Sooooo ... you STOP THE PITY PARTY!
Donovan Begay

United States

#20 Jul 11, 2010
The U.S government has not recognized the Navajo Nation as a sovereign nation, although we push the issue up through Congress. Without that recognition the U.S. government controls our being and future. Being recognized as a sovereign nation is the same as being recognized as a state, which will give us power as a state. We will become as powerful as a state. Write to your state representatives, thank-you for your support.
Askin for more wrote:
I thought a SOVEREIGN nation was to fund itself. Oh wait they just want sovereignty from taxes and responsibility to its own people. The Nation is one big welfare program with those at the top only getting richer off our tax dollars.

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