Supplemental funding requests dominate special session

Requests total approximately $58.4 million

Noel Lyn Smith
Farmington Daily Times
Navajo Nation Council delegates meet Jan. 26, 2015, during the winter council session at the Navajo Nation Council Chambers in Window Rock, Ariz. Delegates will reconvene on Thuresday in Window Rock to consider 44 requests for supplemental funding.

FARMINGTON — A two-day special session has been scheduled for Navajo Nation Council delegates to consider 44 pieces of legislation, each one requesting supplemental funding from the Unreserved Undesignated Fund Balance.

Together, the requests total approximately $58.4 million.

A Feb. 7 memorandum issued by the Office of the Controller states the unaudited balance for the UUFB was nearly $27.3 million in January.

The highest request seeks $5 million for a water line extension project to 62 residences in the Wide Ruins Chapter in Arizona. The funding also would supply wastewater facilities to the residences, and supply plumbing and bathroom additions to 32 homes.

Additional supplemental funding requests are from the Low Mountain Chapter in Arizona for $4.3 million to build a multipurpose facility, while the Chinle Nursing Home in Chinle, Arizona, is seeking $4.2 million to replace its 50-year-old facility.

There are five pieces of legislation that address various infrastructure projects and services in the Northern Agency.

Among those bills, one requests $66,628 to help a family pay for a power line extension in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona.

Another seeks $2.2 million to extend electrical lines to 26 residences in Teec Nos Pos.

Legislation to secure $400,000 to clean up an abandoned business site in Shiprock is also listed on the proposed agenda.

Twenty delegates are sponsoring legislation to authorize $350,000 for the Navajo Nation Museum for an exhibition featuring the treaty between the tribe and the United States. The bill states funding would be used to insure and ship the original treaty from Washington, D.C., to Window Rock, Arizona, as well as other expenses associated with the exhibition.

The special session will start at 10 a.m. Thursday in the council chamber in Window Rock.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached 505-564-4636 or by email at