Navajo County to host Navajo Western Agency meeting

Elected officials laud partnership between county and tribe

HOLBROOK, Ariz. - For the first time in its history, the Navajo Nation Western Agency will hold its quarterly meeting in Navajo County on Saturday, Sept. 19.

"Navajo County is honored to be the host of such an important meeting, which reflects the strong partnership that continues to exist between the County and the Navajo Nation," Supervisor Jesse Thompson said. "Whether it is improving roads, addressing water shortages, or expanding services, Navajo County and the Nation have a proven record of partnership that benefits the residents of the Western Agency."

Thanks to the leadership of County Schools Superintendent Linda Morrow, the agency, which includes 18 Navajo Nation chapters in Arizona and Utah, will hold its meeting in the Rainbow Accommodation School. They will discuss important issues facing local chapters and make policy recommendations for the Navajo Nation Council.

Supervisor Jonathan M. Nez, who will be attending the meeting both as a county supervisor and a council delegate for the Shonto Chapter, expressed his excitement with the Agency's decision to hold the meeting in Navajo County.

"By partnering with these 18 Navajo Nation chapters (that comprise the Western Agency), we end up advocating on common issues for our constituents up in northern Navajo County," Supervisor Nez said. "In addition, it shows the willingness of the county to assist with resources in this time of budget crisis."

"The chapters have been gracious hosts when we have attended the Agency meetings," said County Attorney Brad Carlyon. "We hope to extend the same welcome to all those attending the Western Agency meeting in Holbrook."

The Navajo Nation Western Agency is an 18-chapter collaborative group that meets regularly to address and take action on issues of mutual concern throughout the region, as well as recommend policy and law changes to the Navajo Nation Council. The agency has more than 100 members including Chapter presidents, vice presidents, secretary/treasurers, council delegates, grazing officials, farm board members and the Local Governance Support Center.

A number of other county elected officials are expected to attend, including Assessor Cammy Darris, Clerk of the Court Juanita Mann, Recorder Laurette "Laurie" Justman, School Superintendent Linda Morrow, Sheriff K.C. Clark, Treasurer Manny Hernandez, Superior Court Presiding Judge Michala Ruechel, Superior Court Judge Carolyn Holliday, Superior Court Judge John Lamb, Superior Court Judge Tom Wing, Holbrook JP Ralph Hatch, Winslow JP Alison Kolomitz and Kayenta JP Susie Nelson.

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