Upcoming meeting centers on chapter governments

The Daily Times staff
Navajo Nation

FARMINGTON – There will be a public education session Friday to explain proposals to amend the Navajo Nation's chapter government system.

Since December, the Office of Navajo Government Development has been visiting chapter houses to present information about amending Title 26 of the Navajo Nation Code. Title 26 is the section of Navajo law that outlines the purposes and authorities of chapter governments and is also known as the Local Governance Act.

Jamie Henio, policy analyst for the office, said the proposals were developed by the tribe's Title 26 Task Force and center on consolidating the 110 chapters into a regional government structure.

The proposal also would  eliminate the positions of chapter president, vice president and secretary-treasurer and replace those positions with elected commissioners who would represent each chapter region.

The session will include information about a referendum that would ask voters to approve the changes to Title 26, Henio said. He added the referendum could be placed on the tribe's general election ballot in November.

The public education session is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Nenahnezad Chapter house.