September 19, 2016
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On Aug. 28, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee (HEHSC) received an update report from Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture, LLC, that assessed over 80 senior citizen centers, and using a national rating system for building structure integrity the firm determined nearly 60 senior centers were deemed to be in “poor” condition.
Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) recently met with the Blair Labatt, the president of Labatt Food Service, a food distribution company based in the state of Texas which partners with the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise and Bashas’ grocery stores to offer “Navajo Beef” to consumers in various locations in the southwest.
On July 27, members of the Navajo Nation Council attended the Tribal Interior Budget Council’s (TIBC) weeklong meetings regarding the upcoming federal FY2018 proposed budget to advocate for increased funding to complete the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project.
Land to be used for economic development, equine therapy, veteran rehab, education, housing and traditional Navajo use
On July 25, during a special Naabik’íyáti’ Committee meeting, the committee considered the purchase of property for sale to the Navajo Nation by Wolf Springs Ranch, Inc.
Arizona is the thirteenth state to opt-in to FirstNet emergency first responder network system that will deliver a specialized wireless broadband network to Arizona’s public safety officials and first responders.
Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gad Íí’áhí/ Tókǫ’í, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooí, Toadlena/ Two Grey Hills, Tsé Ałnáozt’i’í) attended several court proceedings this week to support Navajo victims and their families.
The Navajo Nation Council discussed an expansion and improvement of telecommunications networks on the reservation, specifically related to public safety, with the First Responder Network Authority at a leadership meeting July 25.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed July 1 legislation to provide nearly $2.2 million to employ as many as 50 high school and college students at each of the Nation’s 110 chapters this summer.
The Navajo Nation Council supports a Congressional bill to name U.S. Navy ship the ‘USNS Navajo.’
PHOENIX — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the Nation would continue to pursue an agreement to protect all water rights it has to the Little Colorado River and all its tributaries during a mediation session with the Hopi Tribe.
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On June 1, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) released findings and recommendations about his office’s investigation into claims the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) mismanaged federal housing grants provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Act could require registration of all firearms on Nation, first of its kind on Navajo Reservation
On April 10 Legislation No. 0114-17, which would amend the Title 17 of the Navajo Nation Code and enact the Navajo Nation Firearms Act (NNFA) was considered by the Law and Order Committee (LOC).
Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gadi’i’áhi/To’Koi, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Tsé ałnáoz’t’I’í), chair for the Sexual Assault Prevention Subcommittee, will be unveiling a policy brief regarding sexual violence on the Navajo Nation with the intention of educating and garnering support from Navajo Nation Council members.
On April 19, Legislation No. 0395-16, which sought to amend Title II of the Navajo Nation Code to change the designated name of the Navajo Nation to Diné Nation, failed to garner enough support from the Navajo Nation Council.
During a special session held Nov. 17, the Navajo Nation Council voted 19-0 to approve legislation amending the Navajo Nation’s fiscal year 2017 Comprehensive Budget to provide an additional $7.7 million for vital programs to benefit Navajo senior citizens, 110 chapters, grazing officials, the Department of Diné Education, and others.
WINDOW ROCK — The Navajo Nation Council debated Legislation on the third day of the Fall Council Session, which sought to approve matching funds in the amount of $8 million from the Síhasin Fund to aid in completing a proposed Chinle nursing home.
On Sept. 28, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye used his authority to veto funding for several programs that were approved in the 2017 budget Sept. 8 by the Navajo Nation Council.