FARMINGTON — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed into law the Navajo Adult Guardianship Act, according to a press release from his office.
The act reaffirms the rights of Navajos with disabilities when making decisions that are related to matters such as financial, educational, housing and guardianship consent.
"The most important thing we need to remember is that (disabled citizens) have rights that are guaranteed by Navajo Fundamental Law," Shelly said in the press release.
During the process, officials from Shelly's administration met with Hoskie Benally, president of the Navajo Nation Advisory Council on Disabilities, and with representatives from the Native American Disability Law Center to discuss the legislation, which was sponsored by Navajo Nation Council Delegate Danny Simpson.
Benally and Simpson attended the signing ceremony on Thursday in the state room inside the Office of the President and Vice President in Window Rock, Ariz.
Simpson called the law "historical," according to the press release.