911 emergency response system in works on Navajo Reservation

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NNTRC) will begin implementing and managing a 911 emergency response system on the Navajo Nation.

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed legislation allowing the NNTRC to move forward.

"I am pleased to sign this legislation. We have to give our Navajo Nation residents the opportunity to call for help in emergency situations. We have been working to create the infrastructure to enable a 911 emergency response system on the Navajo Nation. We look forward to making more progress in this area," Shelly said.

The legislation that enables the NNTRC to implement a 911 system was one of the pieces of legislation from the fall session of the Navajo Nation Council that was signed Nov. 6.

Shelly also signed a bill that updated Navajo leasing regulations and vetoed a Navajo Housing Authority reform measure.

The Navajo Nation General Leasing Regulations Act of 2013 streamlines current leasing approvals by establishing procedures to approve all land leases with the exception of mineral leases.

"The Navajo Nation needs to create opportunities for growth. One of the ways we can do that is to streamline land lease procedures. This will allow businesses and homes a streamlined process to have leases approved. I welcome these changes," Shelly said.

Shelly vetoed legislation that would have updated Navajo Housing Authority board selection approvals.

He vetoed the legislation stating the language needed to be clearer and that the Naabik'iyati' Committee doesn't have to approve assigned or appointed commissioners.

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