Morgan announces special session agenda

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation Council Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan announced the agenda for the Navajo Nation Council's Special Session, which is scheduled to convene Sept. 29 at the Navajo Nation Council Chamber.

The session will begin at 10 a.m. with three legislative action items.

Delegate George Arthur (T'iistoh Bikaad/San Juan/Nenanezad), chairman of the Resources Committee, is sponsoring the Northeastern Arizona Indian Water Rights Settlement Agreement legislation (Legislation No. 0422-10), which would settle the Navajo Nation's and Hopi Tribe's water rights claims in the lower basin of the Colorado River and Little Colorado River system.  

Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Danny Simpson (Huerfano) are also on the agenda. Simpson is sponsoring the Diné College Board of Regents Act of 2010. His legislation (Legislation No.0431-10), if passed, would amend Title 10 of the Navajo Nation Code: changing the appointment of five members of the eight-member Board of Regents to elected positions, amending the minimum age requirement to 25-years-old and implementing a four year term limit.

The Board of Regents' ad hoc positions would be exempt from becoming elected positions. These positions include the Chairperson of the Education Committee or the committee's designee, the Navajo Nation Superintendent of Schools and the student body president of Diné College.

On April 27, the Navajo Nation Council's Government Services Committee took action and removed three members from the board, which has left them with no quorum to conduct business. The election of the Board of Regents would address the unfilled vacancies continually experienced under current provisions of Title 10.

Simpson is also sponsoring legislation (Legislation No.0470-10) that would approve a construction contract between the Navajo Nation and RJN Construction Management, Inc., for the completion of the Shiprock Home for Women and Children. The legislation goes before the full Council for consideration because it requires waiving laws of the Navajo Nation Code.

A complete copy of the special session agenda can be found at www.navajonationcouncil.org.

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