Ceremony blesses additions to Navajo court in NM

To'Hajiilee, New Mexico (AP) November 2010

The To'hajiilee District Court on the Navajo Nation has some new additions.

A blessing and dedication ceremony was held this week for a probation office and judge's chambers.

The new additions cost about $217,000, with the state of New Mexico and the Navajo Nation each contributing.

District Court Judge William Platero says the court now can build up its technological infrastructure to better serve the community.

He says he also wants to start holding meetings to educate people on the law.

Tribal lawmaker Lawrence Platero says the district court had been housed in a trailer home several years ago and now is one of the nicer facilities on the vast reservation.