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Navajo lawmakers meet for winter session

The Daily Times staff
The Navajo Nation Council begins its winter session earlier this year in Window Rock, Ariz.

FARMINGTON – The chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association is set to address the Navajo Nation Council prior to Monday’s start of the winter session.

Ernie Stevens Jr. will talk to tribal lawmakers about the benefits of Indian gaming and the role it plays in strengthening tribal sovereignty. Stevens is completing his seventh two-year term as chairman of the association and has testified before Congress on topics impacting Indian gaming and about proposed amendments to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Stevens, an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin, is scheduled to address the council at 9 a.m.

The winter session starts at 10 a.m. Monday in the council chamber in Window Rock, Ariz.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye will give the state of the nation address, and Speaker LoRenzo Bates will provide a report on activities conducted by the speaker’s office.

The council will also receive reports from the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Navajo Region, the Indian Health Service and various tribal offices.

Delegates will discuss and consider legislation beginning on Tuesday.

The winter session will be streamed live at ustream.tv/channel/navajo-nation-council.