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Public hearing set for chapter regionalization

The Daily Times staff
From left, Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez and President Russell Begaye address members of the tribe's council during the first day of the summer session on July 18 at the Council Chambers in Window Rock, Ariz.

FARMINGTON — A public hearing will take place in Shiprock about a possible referendum question that would ask Navajo voters whether or not to consolidate the 110 chapter governments into 24 regional governments.

The public hearing, organized by the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Shiprock Chapter house, located off U.S. Highway 64 in Shiprock.

The Navajo Nation Council passed legislation on Aug. 8 to place the referendum question on the general election ballot in November.

The council resolution was sent on Aug. 9 to tribal President Russell Begaye for his review and consideration. Begaye has until 5 p.m. Aug. 19 to take action on the measure.

San Juan Chapter will also host a public information session about the chapter regionalization proposal.

Information about the proposal will be presented by Jamie Henio and Raymond Tsosie from the Office of Navajo Government Development.

The session is open to the public and will start at 1 p.m. at the San Juan Chapter house. The turnoff to the paved road that ends at the chapter house is located between mile markers 12 and 13 on Navajo Route 36.