ST. MICHAELS, Ariz.- Bloomfield Mayor Scott Eckstein was the first mayor from a border town to sign an "understanding" with the Navajo Nation to improve race relations on Aug. 22 at the City Hall in Bloomfield, N.M. The memorandum of understanding is the new language proposed by the 22nd Navajo Nation legislature since its government reform from 88 council delegates to 24 council delegates, when Title 2 of the Navajo Nation Code was amended and adopted.
The new language asserts a non-binding agreement. Prior to the new language, the word "agreement" was non-binding. With that, memorandum of agreements signed prior to the new language will remain non-binding.
Bloomfield will be the fifth border town to address Navajo race relations and the fourth New Mexico township. To date, the MOAs have become an active mechanism to address improving race relations in Grants, New Mexico; Gallup, New Mexico; and in Farmington, New Mexico.
On Aug. 16, the oversight committee for the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, Naabik'iyati' Committee of the Navajo Nation Council voted 14 in favor of the MOU, and 1 opposed.