BIA has one employee for all roads in New Mexico

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has just one employee in charge of maintaining all the reservation roads in New Mexico, The Farmington Daily Times reports.

That means dirt roads on the Navajo Nation only get tilled once a year. The road used by Susie Sherman, a bus driver, gets grated in May -- after school has been let out.

"When school is back in session, the wind blows away the work that was done. I cannot tell a difference," Sherman told the paper.

San Juan and McKinley counties, where the New Mexico side of the reservation is located, recently received more than $500,000 in federal funds to improve their roads. But the money can't be used on the reservation due to a disagreement between the Navajo Nation and the counties over rights-of-way.

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Reservation may not see road improvements (The Farmington Daily Times 3/19)

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