Gallup OKs pact with Navajo Nation on detox center

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — An agreement approved by the Gallup City Council would have the Navajo Nation take over operation of the Gallup Detox Center in several weeks.

The agreement approved by the City Council Tuesday is now subject to approval by the Navajo Nation Council.

The Gallup Independent (http://bit.ly/z0cIwR ) reports that the agreement was worked between officials for Gallup, McKinley County and the tribe.

It calls for the Navajo Nation and Gallup to each make one-time payments of more than $300,000 to ensure the city-owned facility is brought up to all necessary standards for detox and after-care treatment.

The city and county then would contribute liquor tax money to help pay for operations, with the tribe picking up the balance of the costs.

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