September 13, 2016
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On Aug. 2, Navajo Technical University (NTU) began the preliminary steps in constructing a campus in Chinle, Arizona with a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony for the site’s first educational building.
Sharon Singer removed, July 28, for egregious misuse of Navajo Nation funds
The Department of Diné Education (DODE) removed Sharon Singer, superintendent of Navajo Head Start, from her position July 28.
On July 14, the United States District Court for the District of Utah once again ruled in favor of the Navajo Nation and confirmed that the electoral districts of San Juan County are illegally drawn based on race and violate the United States Constitution.
The Nation’s Law and Order Committee (LOC) advocated for improved benefits for surviving spouses and children of fallen Navajo Nation police officers after receiving reports July 14 from involved parties.
The Office of the President and Vice President will conduct an investigation into allegations of misuse of funds by Head Start Director Sharon Singer. She was placed on leave June 29.
On June 26, the Law and Order Committee passed legislation which approved an allocation of $500,000 to help with all costs associated with designing and building a Dilkon Justice Center.
On May 26, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Navajo nation to deny utility company’s condemnation of tribal land in Public Service Company of New Mexico vs. Barboan.
On Apr. 30, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye approved $239,200 as a one-time grant allocation to the non-profit organization Diné Bii Association for Disabled Citizens.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which passed the House of Representatives May 4, could result in diminished health care services to tribal communities.
On April 4, the Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)owes the Navajo Nation approximately $15.6 million plus interest in money it withheld from the Nation’s judicial branch operations in 2014.
On March 27, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye approved legislation appropriating $20 million dollars to the Sihasin Fund Navajo Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Economic Development Expenditure Plan to further economic development.
On March 28, members of the Navajo Nation Council met with employees from Peabody Coal Mine to provide information to miners regarding the status of Navajo Generating Station and implications for the mine and its employees.
On March 28, the Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) received a report from Pinon Chapter regarding the proposed Dził Yijiin Justice Facility, which would be located near the community, 44-miles west of Chinle, Arizona.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye urged the secretary of health and human services to examine the quality of care and services provided by the Indian Health Service (IHS) at a meeting between the secretary’s tribal advisory committee March 8.
At the beginning of March, Navajo Nation Council members were invited to provide opening remarks during the 2017 Navajo Nation Agriculture Elected Officials Summit, which started on Feb. 27 and concluded on March 1.
In addressing tribal economic diversification, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the Nation needs to move away from coal and oil based revenue generation while addressing infrastructure needs, workforce development and expediting processes for business development.
In listening to the State of Indian Nations address given by National Congress of American Indian President Brian Cladoosby, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said it’s time tribal nations stop being treated as programs by the federal government.
On Feb. 5, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye used the line-item veto authority to deny approximately $242,000 in supplemental funding intended to help the Navajo people by providing emergency response services because of recent winter storms.
Navajo Council questions how nation should identify itself, asking tribe for input on changing name to Diné Nation
On Jan. 27, the Navajo Nation Council tabled a motion to change the name of the Navajo Nation to Diné Nation until the spring council session in April and after seeking input from the Navajo people.
On Jan. 24, President Donald J. Trump signed memorandums to advance approval of both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.
The United States and the Navajo Nation have entered into a settlement agreement, with two affiliated subsidiaries of Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., for the cleanup of 94 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation.
An internal audit of the FY 2014 and 2015 Department of Navajo Veterans Affairs Veterans Housing Program has uncovered past deficiencies and mismanagement of funds in building homes according to the Navajo Nation Office of the Auditor General.
On Jan. 6, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye announced Bobby White will be appointed acting controller of the Navajo Nation. The decision came after the Navajo Nation Council removed Jim R. Parris as controller Jan. 4.
The Navajo Nation Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) received a report Jan. 3 from Wells Fargo representatives about issues with recent alleged improper sales practices, the bank’s relationship with the Navajo Nation and concerns regarding fees assessed on chapter payroll and payment checks.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez congratulated President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Michael Pence for securing their victory in the 2016 presidential election.