FARMINGTON — A new bill is asking Navajo lawmakers to place a referendum before tribal voters, asking them to approve consolidating the nation’s 110 chapters into a regional government structure.
The bill, which was posted July 9 on the Navajo Nation Council’s website, asks the council to place the referendum on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
The referendum would require a simple majority of votes in order to pass, according to the bill.
If voters approved the measure, it would consolidate the current 110 chapters into 24 regional governments. It would also eliminate the positions of chapter president, vice president and secretary-treasurer and replace those positions with elected commissioners.