Ethics and Rules Committee adopts Fall Session Agenda

WINDOW ROCK -- The Ethics and Rules Committee of the Navajo Nation Council adopted the agenda for the Council's Fall Session to take place Oct. 17-21.

Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan (Iyanbito/Pinedale) recommended and presented a proposed agenda, which the committee unanimously accepted with a vote of 6 in favor and none opposed at its Sept. 30 meeting.

On the Fall Session agenda, the Council is scheduled to hear oral reports from the associate director for the Direct Services of the Indian Health Care Service and an oral report from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the Indian Health Care Services to American Indians. The Council will also hear the state of the nation address from the President of the Navajo Nation and will receive written reports from the Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council, Standing Committees and the Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation. All reports, by law, are to be received on the first day of session.

There are four items, all supplemental appropriations, under Old Business. Each had been previously tabled by Council. There are 15 items under New Business on the Fall Session agenda, including an override of a presidential veto of Council Resolution CJY-40-05 and three supplemental appropriations.

Other items that are scheduled to be considered include reduction of the number of members on the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors to five members; raising the vote required to make appropriations from the undesignated, unreserved fund balance; and proposed amendments to Title 24 of the Navajo Nation Code, the Local Government Improvement Fund, the Standing Committee Rules of Order and the Appropriations Act.

The Council's agenda also includes an action to honor the late Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai. Following that item is an action to honor his son, R. Carlos Nakai, for his accomplishments as a world-renowned musician.

(Karen Francis is Public Information Officer for the Navajo Nation office of the Speaker.)

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