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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A retired judge has been sworn in as the acting chief justice for the Navajo Nation. Tribal officials announced Tuesday that Thomas Holgate was given the oath of office to assume duties during a swearing-in ceremony in Window Rock. He replaces Allen Sloan, who had been serving as acting chief justice since July 2015 on the largest American Indian reservation in the country. Sloan retired at the end of last month
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The state of Utah is suing mine owners and Environmental Protection Agency subcontractors over a spill of mine waste that fouled rivers in three Western states with a massive plume of bright-yellow wastewater tainted with arsenic, lead and other heavy metals. Utah Attorney General's Office spokesman Dan Burton said Tuesday the state wants cleanup compensation and damages in the 3-million-gallon spill that reached the San Juan River and Lake Powell.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The father of an 11-year-old Navajo girl who was killed on the largest American Indian reservation says he is glad his daughter's killer pleaded guilty. Gary Mike said Tuesday that he and the family of victim Ashlynne Mike always believed Tom Begaye was the man who took the life of the girl. Begaye entered his guilty plea Tuesday at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as family members of Mike cried.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's auditor says in a report that it appears the embattled former Salt Lake County recorder has not overseen his office's finances since 2014. The report backs up an investigation last year that found Gary Ott had little overnight or involvement in his office's activities. He resigned his office Tuesday in a court-approved deal his family struck with county officials.
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