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Navajo Nation parks open during federal shutdown

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October 1, 2013 06:06 PM EST | AP


WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials say the tribe's parks aren't affected by the federal government shutdown.

Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department Manager Martin Begaye announced Tuesday that "all Navajo Nation tribal parks are fully operating and open to the public."

The Navajo tribal parks are open seven days a week with the exception of Christmas, New Year's and Thanksgiving.

The parks include Little Colorado River Navajo Tribal Park, Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Four Corners Monument, Bowl Canyon Recreation Area and Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park.