September 19, 2016
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Leaders for Navajo Nation committees were announced during the first month of the 24th Navajo Nation Council.
On Aug. 20, the Law and Order Committee considered legislation to approve an election referendum to allow Navajo voters to decide whether to amend the Navajo Nation Code to increase the salaries of the president and vice president.
On May 14, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee unanimously approved legislation to affirm the constitutionally recognized political distinctions of “Native American, Indian, and Indian Tribes” as political and governmental entities and not racial classifications.
Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown (Chilchinbeto, Dennehotso, Kayenta) was invited to be a guest speaker at the “Native Youth Conference: Educating and Preventing Dating Violence” to several Native American youth at the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed legislation May 8 to invest $100 million from the Sihasin Fund for Navajo communities and families across the Nation to receive power and water lines and other capital projects.
Navajo Route 20 and $3 billion road infrastructure package under review by Budget and Finance Committee
On May 3, the Budget and Finance Committee received an update report regarding Navajo Nation road infrastructure projects, including Navajo Route 20, which was used when Highway 89 collapsed outside of Page.
The Law and Order Committee April 9 issued a ‘do not pass’ for legislation seeking to amend the criminal code related to marijuana and industrial hemp to conform with federal regulations.
Navajo Nation lawmakers approved legislation which sought to allocate approximately $1.6 million from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance to the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance under the Department of Diné Education.
On April 3, the Budget and Finance Committee received an update regarding sanctioned Navajo chapters and the division’s efforts to help the chapters mitigate their sanctioned status.
On March 26, the Health, Education and Human Services Committee received a report regarding a collaborative suicide prevention project involving the Navajo Nation Epidemiology Center, Navajo Nation Department of Behavioral Health Services, and the Northern Agency Crisis Response Alliance.
Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) commended the passage of a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill by Congress March 22.
The Nation needs to be prepared for unpredictable incidents such as active shooter incidents, said Council Delegate and Law and Order Committee (LOC) chair Edmund Yazzie.
The 23rd Navajo Nation Council sent condolences to the family of former Council member Annie B. Descheny, who passed away Jan. 25 at the age of 77.
On Jan. 12, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee received an annual report from Diné College regarding last year’s accomplishments and proposed future initiatives and programs.
During a special meeting held Dec. 27, the Budget and Finance Committee approved a recommendation by a vote of 3-0 for legislation which seeks approval in the amount of $1.6 million to provide Navajo students with scholarship funding.
Plan outlines the practices of landfills, transfer stations within three states on Navajo Nation
Legislation for the Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan for the Navajo Nation was recently approved by the Resource and Development Committee (RDC).
The Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) met last week to discuss financial advising, life insurance, pension solutions and asset management products in several markets across the globe.
Members of the Navajo Nation Council are pleased with a final court-appointed report recommending redistricting maps for the San Juan County Utah Commission and the San Juan County School Board.
Intergovernmental contracts with feds voted down — citing need for more funding for detention services
On Nov. 20, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) issued a “do not pass” for legislation seeking to authorize renewal contracts and annual funding agreements between the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Last week, the Budget and Finance Committee considered Legislation No. 0424-17, which seeks to allocate a grant from the Navajo Nation in the amount of approximately $2.7 million from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance to the St. Michaels Association for Special Education for a road infrastructure improvement project.
Last week, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee met to begin addressing drunk driving and illegal alcohol sales on the Navajo Nation, also known as “bootlegging.”
In June, the Navajo Nation Council approved an emergency bill that approved nearly $2.2 million for the Navajo Nation’s 110 chapters for summer youth employment.
On Nov. 8, the Resources and Development Committee (RDC) approved Legislation No. 0402-17, recertifying Pinon Chapter’s Community-Based Land Use Plan (CBLUP), which re-evaluated and adjusted the chapter’s first community plan.
Navajo grazing committee asks Resource and Development Committee for more funding, re-issuance of grazing permits
On Nov. 15, a report focusing on the re-issuance of grazing permits on the Navajo Partitioned Lands was received by the Resources and Development Committee (RDC).
Law and Order Committee approves contract with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for emergency medical services
On Nov. 20, the Law and Order Committee considered legislation seeking to approve and authorize a six-year contract between the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for emergency medical services.
The Navajo Nation Council is encouraging Navajo veterans to submit claims to the states of Arizona and New Mexico to recover income taxes that were unlawfully withheld on military wages for certain periods of time.
Nation has around 230 police officers to patrol 27,000 square miles of land
During a special meeting Oct. 30, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) received reports from Alamo school board members representing the communities of Nageezi and Huerfano, regarding the need for additional police officers to serve rural areas of the Navajo Nation.
On Oct. 17, the Navajo Nation Council convened for the second day of the 2017 Fall Council Session to considered legislation that seeks approval for the Navajo Nation Veterans Trust Fund Income Act.
On Sept. 19, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) considered Legislation No. 0258-17, which seeks the Navajo Nation Council’s approval to extend the availability of funds from the Veterans Trust Fund for the Navajo Nation’s Veterans Housing Program until the end of fiscal year 2018, or the end of September 2018.
On Sept. 18, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee considered Legislation No. 0347-17, which seeks to amend the Navajo Nation Criminal Code Title 17 to enact the Navajo Nation Revenge Porn Act.
On Aug. 28, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee (HEHSC) received an update report from Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture, LLC, that assessed over 80 senior citizen centers, and using a national rating system for building structure integrity the firm determined nearly 60 senior centers were deemed to be in “poor” condition.
Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) recently met with the Blair Labatt, the president of Labatt Food Service, a food distribution company based in the state of Texas which partners with the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise and Bashas’ grocery stores to offer “Navajo Beef” to consumers in various locations in the southwest.
On July 27, members of the Navajo Nation Council attended the Tribal Interior Budget Council’s (TIBC) weeklong meetings regarding the upcoming federal FY2018 proposed budget to advocate for increased funding to complete the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project.
Land to be used for economic development, equine therapy, veteran rehab, education, housing and traditional Navajo use
On July 25, during a special Naabik’íyáti’ Committee meeting, the committee considered the purchase of property for sale to the Navajo Nation by Wolf Springs Ranch, Inc.
Arizona is the thirteenth state to opt-in to FirstNet emergency first responder network system that will deliver a specialized wireless broadband network to Arizona’s public safety officials and first responders.
Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gad Íí’áhí/ Tókǫ’í, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooí, Toadlena/ Two Grey Hills, Tsé Ałnáozt’i’í) attended several court proceedings this week to support Navajo victims and their families.
The Navajo Nation Council discussed an expansion and improvement of telecommunications networks on the reservation, specifically related to public safety, with the First Responder Network Authority at a leadership meeting July 25.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed July 1 legislation to provide nearly $2.2 million to employ as many as 50 high school and college students at each of the Nation’s 110 chapters this summer.
The Navajo Nation Council supports a Congressional bill to name U.S. Navy ship the ‘USNS Navajo.’
PHOENIX — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the Nation would continue to pursue an agreement to protect all water rights it has to the Little Colorado River and all its tributaries during a mediation session with the Hopi Tribe.
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On June 1, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) released findings and recommendations about his office’s investigation into claims the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) mismanaged federal housing grants provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Act could require registration of all firearms on Nation, first of its kind on Navajo Reservation
On April 10 Legislation No. 0114-17, which would amend the Title 17 of the Navajo Nation Code and enact the Navajo Nation Firearms Act (NNFA) was considered by the Law and Order Committee (LOC).
Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gadi’i’áhi/To’Koi, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Tsé ałnáoz’t’I’í), chair for the Sexual Assault Prevention Subcommittee, will be unveiling a policy brief regarding sexual violence on the Navajo Nation with the intention of educating and garnering support from Navajo Nation Council members.
On April 19, Legislation No. 0395-16, which sought to amend Title II of the Navajo Nation Code to change the designated name of the Navajo Nation to Diné Nation, failed to garner enough support from the Navajo Nation Council.
During a special session held Nov. 17, the Navajo Nation Council voted 19-0 to approve legislation amending the Navajo Nation’s fiscal year 2017 Comprehensive Budget to provide an additional $7.7 million for vital programs to benefit Navajo senior citizens, 110 chapters, grazing officials, the Department of Diné Education, and others.
WINDOW ROCK — The Navajo Nation Council debated Legislation on the third day of the Fall Council Session, which sought to approve matching funds in the amount of $8 million from the Síhasin Fund to aid in completing a proposed Chinle nursing home.
On Sept. 28, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye used his authority to veto funding for several programs that were approved in the 2017 budget Sept. 8 by the Navajo Nation Council.