Navajo Nation Council will convene for fall session
FARMINGTON — Among the bills the Navajo Nation Council could consider this week are eight bills that request approximately $8.9 million in supplemental funding from the Unreserved Undesignated Fund Balance.
Tribal lawmakers are scheduled to start the fall session at 10 a.m. Monday in the council chamber in Window Rock, Ariz.
According to the proposed agenda, Delegate Lee Jack Sr. is sponsoring a bill to provide $510,616 to assist the Navajo Election Administration with expenses associated with the general election.
Delegate Otto Tso is sponsoring legislation to provide approximately $3.7 million to build a new senior citizens center in Tuba City, Ariz.
Delegate Herman Daniels Jr. is sponsoring a bill that seeks $1.7 million for a power line extension project in the Naatsisaan Chapter, which covers parts of Arizona and Utah.
A second bill sponsored by Daniels seeks $690,000 to fund the delivery of electricity to homes in the Ts'ah bii Kin Chapter in Arizona.
Delegate Seth Damon is sponsoring a bill to authorize approximately $1.4 million to extend power lines in the Bááháálí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, and Tsé Lichíí chapters near Gallup.
Delegate Raymond Smith is sponsoring legislation to provide $157,663 for a power line-extension project in the Tsé Si'éní Chapter in Arizona.
There is a $400,000 request, sponsored by Delegate Walter Phelps, for the Diné Bii Association for Disabled Citizens Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Tuba City, Ariz.
Delegate Edmund Yazzie is requesting $299,139 for St. Bonaventure Indian Mission School in Thoreau to purchase three buses.
Among the pieces of legislation that do not seek supplemental funding are a bill to amend the articles of incorporation for Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint.
Another bill would amend the Navajo Business Opportunity Act to change the classification for the Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority.
Two bills Delegate Dwight Witherspoon is sponsoring address the addition of stipends for district grazing committee members to the tribal budget and authorizing chapters located in the Navajo Partitioned Lands submit range unit alignment proposals.
Delegate Jonathan Hale is sponsoring a bill that proposes changes to the operation of the Office of Legislative Services. Hale is also sponsoring a bill to provide funding from the Síhasin Fund to design, plan and construct a nursing home in Chinle, Ariz.
Another bill would provide a portion of the Síhasin Fund to the Navajo Community Development Enterprise. The enterprise would use the funding to provide loans to businesses or nonprofit organizations owned by either Navajos, tribal enterprises or Navajo local governments.
The Síhasin Fund is the fund developed for the $554 million settlement the tribe received from the federal government in 2014.
There is a bill that proposes meetings be conducted between the council, tribal president and executive directors prior to council sessions in January, April, July and October.
Delegates are also being asked to confirm Charlotte Begay to serve on the Commission on Navajo Government Development.
Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.