GALLUP — Some members of the Navajo Nation Council will arrive by horse or bicycle to the council chambers in Window Rock, Ariz., as part of an annual trail ride that concludes before the start of the summer session on Monday.
The proposed agenda for the session was released this week and contains 17 pieces of legislation.
Among the bills are ones to appoint tribal members to various boards and commissions.
The council could appoint Nicole Johnny, a member of Crystal Chapter, to serve on the Commission on Navajo Government Development.
Another bill would appoint several representatives to the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise Board of Directors. Quincy Natay could be chosen to represent the Chinle Agency, Tamara Begay could represent the Eastern Agency, Kristina Haskell could represent the Fort Defiance Agency and Leah Claw could represent the Western Agency.
Navajo lawmakers are also being asked to confirm a two-year probationary appointment for Malcolm P. Begay as a tribal district court judge.
Changing the name of Sheep Springs Chapter to Tooh Haltsooí Chapter is also on the agenda.
The council is being asked to support the Native American Energy Act through House Bill 3973. The act would facilitate the development of energy on Indian lands by reducing federal regulations that impede tribal development of such lands.
Another bill would offer the Navajo and Crow Nations' support of Congress' permanent extension of the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit. The bill would also oppose the proposed federal carbon tax and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed performance standards for carbon dioxide emissions and its application to tribal lands and economic projects related to coal.
Delegate Danny Simpson is sponsoring two bills that would amend Title 2 of the Navajo Nation Code.
The first would change the Resources and Development Committee's oversight and authority to approve the Indian Housing Plan that is submitted annually to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The second bill would not allow co-sponsors to proposed legislation after it is withdrawn from the primary sponsor.
Simpson is also sponsoring legislation to approve $697,480 in supplemental funding from the Unreserved Undesignated Fund Balance to implement and manage a 911 emergency response system.
Delegate Edmund Yazzie is calling for amending the tribe's Veterans Trust Fund to allow construction of homes on or off the reservation for Navajo veterans. Under the bill's proposal, each of the five agencies could annually build 15 houses.
Last December, the Resources and Development Committee allowed Uranium Resources Inc. to operate a demonstration uranium recovery project in Church Rock Chapter. Yazzie is sponsoring a bill to rescind, repeal and render null and void that resolution.
He is also sponsoring another bill that calls for supporting a federal legislation to acquire land at the Fort Wingate Depot Activity, located east of Gallup.
The summer session starts at 10 a.m. Monday at the council chamber in Window Rock, Ariz.