Farmington — The New Mexico Indian Affairs Committee will meet today at 10 a.m. at the Nenahnezad Chapter house.
This kicks off a series of meetings the committee will have in the Northwest region of the state.
State Rep. Sandra Jeff, D-McKinley and San Juan, and state Sen. John Pinto, D-McKinley and San Juan, co-chair the committee, which addresses issues and policies that affect Native Americans in New Mexico.
According to the tentative agenda, the committee will hear a presentation about funding construction for a new dormitory for Shiprock Associated Schools Inc.
Dormitory manager Johnny Anderson said the current dormitory is 72 years old and usually houses 100 high school students each school year.
"We are in need of a new dorm," he said.
According to Anderson, the dormitory receives no funding from the Bureau of Indian Education so his report to the committee would focus on a request for money to start the planning and design phase.
A report about the school bus transportation dispute between the Central Consolidated School District and Gallup-McKinley County Schools is also listed.
CCSD spokesman James Preminger said the request to appear before the committee was made prior to Gallup-McKinley stopping its bus transportation of students in and out of Naschitti.
Preminger said it is likely that CCSD Superintendent Don Levinski will update committee members about the situation.
He added that the Gallup McKinley school board passed a memorandum of understanding at their Sept. 16 meeting but the CCSD board has not reviewed the agreement.
The committee also will hear from the Native American Voters Alliance, a non-profit group based in Albuquerque, which implements get out the vote campaigns in Native communities.
They will also hear an update by the Navajo Transitional Energy Company LLC from management board Chairman Steven Gundersen and an update on the San Juan Generating Station by Ernie C'de Baca, vice president of government affairs for the Public Service Company of New Mexico.
Pinto will talk about the National Navajo Code Talkers Museum and Veterans Center, which would be constructed in Tsé Bonito, N.M.,
the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation continues its fundraising efforts to pay for construction.
The committee is also meeting Wednesday and Thursday in Church Rock and Friday in Zuni.