Speaker Morgan announces winter session of the Navajo Nation council Jan. 28

WINDOW ROCK - Navajo Nation Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan (Iyanbito/Pinedale) announces that the 21st Navajo Nation Council will convene for its Winter Session at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 at the Navajo Nation Council Chambers in Window Rock. The session is scheduled from Jan. 28 through Feb. 1.

During the session, the Council will review legislation pending approval and will also receive the State of the Navajo Nation address from President Joe Shirley Jr.

In addition, the Council will receive written reports from Speaker Morgan, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Regional Director, the Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation, the Standing Committees, the Boards and Commissions, and from the Area Director of Indian Health Services.

An oral report will also be given by the U.S. Congressman Rick Renzi (R-AZ) who represents District 1. His report will be in regards to congressional actions that will affect the Navajo Nation and the Navajo people.

Another report will be given by Steve Owens, Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), on issues related to climate changes and collaborations between the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency and the ADEQ.

Some highlights of the Winter Session agenda includes Legislation No. 0853-07, which relates to community development and finance and will amend the Navajo Nation 2008 fiscal year budget by approving a supplemental appropriation in the amount of $22,304,555 to the Division of Community Development from the Unreserved-Undesignated Fund balance for Navajo Nation Capital Improvement Project shortfalls. This legislation is sponsored by Omer Begay, Jr. (Cornfields/Greasewood Springs /Klagetoh/Wide Ruins), Leslie Dele (Tonalea), Harriett K. Becenti (Manuelito/Rock Springs/Tseyatoh), and Norman John II (Twin Lakes)

A full copy of the 2008 Winter Session agenda is available on the Office of the Speaker's Web site at www.navajonationcouncil.org.

For more information, contact Joshua Lavar Butler with the Office of the Speaker at (928) 871-7160.

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