Jared King

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WASHINGTON – Navajo officials on Thursday applauded a Senate committee’s approval this week of an energy bill that includes provisions making it easier for the Navajo Nation to sign leases for mining on its lands.

Deputy Secretary of the US Department of the Interior, David Hayes, announced his resignation today.

Hayes will be leaving the department at the end of June after serving in the position for the Obama Administration for more than 4 years.

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