Bill proposed to provide protection for people with disabilities

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FARMINGTON — The Navajo Nation Council will determine during its summer session this week whether to amend the tribe's Civil Rights Act to provide equal protection for people with disabilities.

The bill also proposes an amendment to the Navajo Preference in Employment Act to prohibit discrimination for job candidates and employees based on disabilities.

The measure also seeks to revise the plan of operation for the Navajo Nation Advisory Council on Disabilities.

Other bills listed on the proposed agenda include restoring Navajo Nation Code Talkers Day as a paid holiday for tribal employees.

The tribe established the holiday in 2006, and the date was based on a presidential proclamation signed by President Ronald Regan that declared Aug. 14, 1982, as "National Navaho Code Talkers Day."

Delegates also will decide whether to amend tribal law for owner responsibilities for cats and dogs, including strengthening license requirements and increasing public safety.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye will deliver the state of the nation address on the first day of the session, followed by reports from Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne and Speaker LoRenzo Bates.

The summer session will start at 10 a.m. Monday at the council chamber in Window Rock, Arizona.

Farmington City Council, CCSD board meetings

The Farmington City Council will discuss how to distribute Community Development Block Grant funding to community organizations during its Tuesday morning work session.

The council meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Farmington City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive.

The city has nearly $53,000 of CDBG funds that it can distribute to community groups.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Mexico, Masada House, Navajo United Methodist Center, People Assisting the Homeless, San Juan College Daycare and the San Juan County Partnership have submitted requests for funding.

The City Council also will posthumously recognize Dr. William Hall for his service on the Public Utility Commission. The Farmington optometrist died of cancer in May at age 88.

The meeting and supporting documents can be viewed online at fmtn.org.

The Central Consolidated School District Board of Education will have a work session and regular meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Shiprock Board Room in Shiprock.

The board's agenda was not published Friday, but an overview for the meeting was in a press release posted on the CCSD website.

Among the items in the release were plans for an auction and disposal of computers, policy updates from the New Mexico School Board Association and a report about the Johnson-O'Malley Indian Education program.

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