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Navajo Council to meet in two special sessions

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FARMINGTON — Members of the Navajo Nation Council are set to meet during two special sessions before the year ends.

The first special session is Tuesday in the council chamber in Window Rock, Ariz.

Both special sessions are being held to address pieces of legislation that are set to expire at the end of the year, according to a press release issued on Monday by the Legislative Branch.

Navajo law mandates that the last day for legislation to be considered is Dec. 31 of the year before the swearing in of a new council.

The new council, along with the Navajo Board of Education, the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors and the Kayenta Township Commission, will be sworn in on Jan. 13.

Further details about inauguration day will be released later by the Legislative Branch.

So far seven bills have been listed on today’s proposed agenda, which was released and posted on the council’s website on Monday.

The agenda is not final until adopted by a majority vote of the council.

Among the bills listed on the proposed agenda is to approve the purchase of 160 acres of land in the Ramah Chapter in New Mexico.

There are two bills that would set lifetime term limits for the presidency at two terms, or eight years, and for delegates at four terms, or 16 years. The terms do not have to be consecutive.

The Navajo Election Administration is requesting $286,247 in supplemental funding from the Unreserved Undesignated Fund Balance to fund this year’s general election and associated costs.

Another bill focuses on the federal charter for the Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Co.

The second special session is scheduled for Dec. 30.

Both special sessions will stream live online at

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636. Follow her @nsmithdt on Twitter.


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