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Tribal council to meet in special session

The Daily Times
Members of the Navajo Nation Council meet Jan. 26 for the start of the 2015 Winter Session at the council chamber in Window Rock, Ariz. A special session of the council begins Friday.

FARMINGTON — The Navajo Nation Council will enter a special session Friday to consider legislation for a supplemental funding request.

Delegate Seth Damon is sponsoring the only legislation listed on a petition that 15 delegates signed in order to schedule the session.

The bill seeks approval for $2 million in supplemental funding from the Unreserved Undesignated Fund Balance for the summer youth employment program. The program is offered at each of the Navajo Nation's 110 chapters to provide temporary employment and job training skills for high school and college students.

The bill proposes that 50 percent of the appropriation would be equally distributed among the chapters, and the remaining half would be divided based on the number of registered voters in each chapter.

An April 1 memorandum from the Office of the Controller states the fund’s balance was $9.6 million.

In addition, the council could consider other pending legislation during the session, according to the petition.

The special session is set for 10 a.m. Friday in the council chamber in Window Rock, Ariz.