Youth employment funding passes tribal council

The Daily Times staff
Sapphire Williams, 14, of Shiprock, cleans up the roadside June 25 along U.S. Highway 64 east of the Shiprock Chapter house as part of the Navajo Nation's summer youth employment program.

FARMINGTON — The Navajo Nation Council approved a $2 million supplemental funding request to help the summer youth employment program at the tribe's chapter houses.

The council passed the legislation during a special session on Friday in Window Rock, Ariz., according to a press release from the Speaker's Office.

The resolution was submitted Friday to Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye's office for consideration, according to the release. He has 10 calendar days to sign it, veto it or use his line-item veto authority.

Delegates approved a directive to the Office of the Controller, Office of Management and Budget and the Division of Community Development. It directs those entities to expedite allocating the supplemental funding within five days after the president approves it, if he does so.

The amendments the council approved allow the funding to also be used for youth enrichment programs and to prohibit chapters from using the money for any other purposes than youth employment and enrichment programs, the release states.

The council also confirmed Leonard Livingston as a permanent district court judge for the tribe, according to a Navajo Nation Judicial Branch press release.

Acting Chief Justice Allen Sloan administered the oath of office to Livingston following the confirmation, the branch release states. Livingston became a probationary judge in January 2013 and served at the Shiprock, Crownpoint and Ramah judicial districts during his probationary period.

The Law and Order Committee recommended Livingston’s permanent appointment in July 2015, and he was notified about his permanent appointment by President Begaye in April.

Delegates confirmed Carl Smith as executive director for the Division of Community Development.

The council approved and accepted a $58,802 grant awarded to the tribe's Judicial Branch from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs. The grant will be used to compensate personnel who serve protection orders for domestic violence victims.

Tribal lawmakers also passed a bill to transfer buildings at the old Thoreau Boarding School campus in Thoreau from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the tribe.