Navajo Council Naabik’iyati debating Special Duty Pay, 2.25.21, 6:55 pm

Greetings Relatives/Frens/Humans: The Navajo Nation Council Naabik’iyati Committee is debating Legislation 0006-21, which is a Huge Document because 0006-21 is about the Reallocation of $1.5 Million in 2021 Budget funds that President Jonathan Nez line-item vetoed in December 2020, after the Council approved a 2021 comprehensive budget to operate the Navajo Nation government.

According to 0006-21, the presidential line-item vetoed $521,153 from the Navajo Council budget; $42,345 from the Budget & Finance Committee; $220,000 Office of Legislative Counsel, and $180,000 from the Navajo Election Administration.

Nez & Lizer have also proposed the Reallocation of Executive Branch Budgets that Nez line-item vetoed with the Navajo Nation Undesiganted, Unreserved Fund Balance, when the Council’s initial Appropriation was with federal CARES dollars..SMH It is now about 7:25 pm. The Nez & lizer amendment is more than 200 pages.

Naabi also debated a Proposed Amendment that Focused on Nez’s “illegal” use of the presidential line-item veto to Line-Item Veto 2012 Budget LANGUAGE, instead of Line-Item Budgets. The Proposed Amendment will be made after Naabi takes action on AMENTEMENT ONE which is what Nez-lizer administration proposed. Amendment One is more than 200 pages.

Naabi, short for Naabik’iyati, also Unanimously Accepted the verbal and written reports of Department of Dine’ Education (DODE) regarding how students and their family are handling Virtual School, especially those families dealing with No Internet & No Laptops, and Parents with No educational ability to be teachers. Naabi members also asked DODE officials how they are Gauging the Learning Level of Navajo students attending public schools, private schools,

Naabi voted 19 in favor, 1 opposed on Accepting the verbal Report from Navajo Nation Health Department regarding the Monitoring of Navajo citizens who are in non-Navajo Nation nursing homes off the Navajo Nation, especially after some Naabi members, who are Council delegates, were informed by their constituents about the Deaths of Relatives in nursing homes. Health Dept director Jill Jim, Ph.D., reported to Naabi that the Navajo Nation has not legal oversight for Navajo citizens in nursing homes that are off the Navajo Nation and not operated by the Navajo Nation. The Council approved a Navajo Nation Ombudsman position to monitor Nursing Homes & suggested to Jim that Nez-lizer administration immediately appoint a temporary Ombudsman to address the Concerns of Constituents regarding the Deaths of their Loved Ones/Elders in Nursing Homes.

APPROVED NAABIK’ÍYÁTI’ COMMITTEE REGULAR MEETING AGENDA (2/25/2021) NAABIK’ÍYÁTI’ COMMITTEE OF THE 24th NAVAJO NATION COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
(VIA TELECOMMUNICATION)
Call-in Number: (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 928 871 7160
Passcode: 86515
Window Rock, Navajo Nation (AZ)
Thursday, February 25, 2021 – 10:00 AM
APPROVED AGENDA
PRESIDING CHAIR: Honorable Seth Damon, Speaker, 24th Navajo Nation Council
BUDGET & FINANCE COMMITTEE
RESOURCES & DEVELOPMENT COM.
HEALTH, EDUCATION & HUMAN SERVICES COM.
LAW AND ORDER COMMITTEE
Hon. Elmer P. Begay Hon. Kee Allen Begay, Jr. Hon. Paul Begay Hon. Eugenia Charles-Newton (C), Hon. Nathaniel Brown Hon. Herman M. Daniels, Jr. Hon. Pernell Halona Hon. Vince R. James, Hon. Amber Kanazbah Crotty Hon. Mark A. Freeland Hon. Carl Roessel Slater (VC) Hon. Eugene Tso, Hon. Jamie Henio (C) Hon. Rickie Nez (C) Hon. Charlaine Tso Hon. Otto Tso (VC), Hon. Raymond Smith, Jr. (VC) Hon. Wilson C. Stewart, Jr. Hon. Daniel E. Tso (C) Hon. Edmund Yazzie
Hon. Jimmy Yellowhair Hon. Thomas Walker, Jr. (VC) Hon. Edison J. Wauneka (C) Chair & (VC) Vice Chair

  1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER; ROLL CALL; INVOCATION
  2. RECOGNIZE GUESTS AND VISITING OFFICIALS (2 Minute Limit per Delegate)
  3. REVIEW AND ADOPT THE AGENDA
    (m) Hon. Kee Allen Begay, Jr. (s) Hon. Pernell Halona (v) 20 – 0 (cnv)
  4. REVIEW AND ADOPT THE JOURNALS: None
    (m) (s) (v)
  5. RECEIVE REPORTS:
    A. Update Report by the Department of Diné Education, Patricia Gonnie, Interim Superintendent of Schools, on the wellbeing of Navajo Children and Families as it relates to education.
    VOTE, 20 IN FAVOR, ZERO OPPOSED
    APPROVED NAABIK’ÍYÁTI’ COMMITTEE REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
    B. Update Report by the Department of Health, Dr. Jill Jim, Division Director on the status of Local and Surrounding Nursing Homes during this COVID-19 Pandemic and an update report by Division of Social Services Director Deanna Neswood-Gishey on the Nursing Home Placement of Navajo Elders.
    VOTE, 19 IN FAVOR, 1 OPPOSED
  6. OLD BUSINESS:
    A. LEGISLATION 0006-21: An Action Relating to Budget and Finance Committee, Naabik’íyáti’ Committee, and Navajo Nation Council; Amending Council Resolution CN-88-20, the Navajo Nation Fiscal
    Year 2021 Comprehensive Budget SPONSOR: Honorable Seth Damon
    CO-SPONSOR: Honorable Carl R. Slater
    (m) (s) (v)
    02/12/2021 – Motion to Refer Legislation 0006-21 Back to the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee for Further Discussion; (M) Honorable Kee Allen Begay, Jr.; (S) Honorable Pernell Halona; (V) 23 in Favor, 00 Opposed (Speaker Pro Tem Henio Not Voting)
    B. LEGISLATION 0014-21: An Action Relating to the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee; Supporting New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland to be Appointed as Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Department of Interior,
    Under the President Joe R. Biden Administration
    SPONSOR: Honorable Eugenia Charles-Newton
    CO-SPONSOR: Honorable Carl R. Slater
    (m) Hon. Daniel E. Tso (s) Hon. Vince R. James (v)
    02/11/2021 – Motion to Table Legislation 0014-21, with one (1) pending amendment, to the Next Naabik’íyáti’ Committee Meeting; (M) Honorable Herman M. Daniels, Jr.; (S) Honorable Pernell Halona; (V) 14 in Favor, 08 Opposed (Chairman Damon Not Voting)
  7. NEW BUSINESS:
    A. LEGISLATION 0012-21: An Act Relating to Health, Education and Human Services, Law and Order, Budget and Finance and Naabik’íyáti’ Committees and the Navajo Nation Council; Amending the Charter of Diné College, 10 N.N.C. §§ 2001 – 2023
    SPONSOR: Honorable Daniel Tso
    CO-SPONSOR: Honorable Otto Tso
    (m) (s) (v)
    B. LEGISLATION 0017-21: An Act Relating to Resources and Development, Budget and Finance, and Naabik’íyáti’ Committees, and Navajo Nation Council; Approving Supplemental Funding from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance in the Amount of $1,616,413 for the 110 Navajo Nation Chapters’ Community Emergency Response Plans; Waiving 12 N.N.C. §§ 820(E), (F), and (J) SPONSOR: Honorable Eugene Tso, CO-SPONSOR: Honorable Seth Damon, CO-SPONSOR: Honorable Raymond Smith, Jr.
    (m) (s) (v)
    C. LEGISLATION 0019-21: An Action Relating to the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee; Confirming the Appointment of Mr. David N. Sloan to Serve on the Navajo Housing Authority Board of Commissioners as the Registered Architect
    SPONSOR: Honorable Rickie Nez
    CO-SPONSOR: Honorable Seth Damon
    (m) (s) (v)
    D. LEGISLATION 0020-21: An Action Relating to the Resources and Development and Naabik’íyáti’ Committees; Respectfully Requesting the Governor of the State of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, to Repair and Repave/Resurface New Mexico (N.M.) State Highway 371 from Thoreau to Farmington SPONSOR: Honorable Edmund Yazzie, CO-SPONSOR: Honorable Mark A. Freeland
    (m) (s) (v)
    E. LEGISLATION 0011-21: An Act Relating to Budget and Finance Committee, Law and Order Committee and Naabik’íyáti’ Committee and Navajo Nation Council; Establishing the Navajo Nation Hashkééjí Nahat’á Béeso Bá Hooghan by Amending Title Twelve of the Navajo Nation Code; Directing that the Award Received Through Navajo Nation V. Department of Interior, No. 14-cv-1909 (TSC), Be Deposited in the Hashkééjí Nahat’á Béeso Bá Hooghan After Reinbursment
    of Litigations Costs; Directing that the Proceeds from Future Litigations Related to the Judicial Branch’s P.L. 93-638 Contracts or Annual Funding Agreements Be Deposited in the Hashkééjí
    Nahat’á Béeso Bá Hooghan; Establishing that the Fixed Cost Litigation Account Shall Be Reimbursed for Litigation Costs SPONSOR: Honorable Eugenia Charles-Newton
    (m) (s) (v)
    F. Naabik’íyáti’ Committee Work Session Regarding Family Cemeteries, Burial Plots, and Land Withdrawals. Presenters to include Navajo Nation General Land Development Department and
    Navajo Nation Land Department. Proposed Date: _________
    (m) (s) (v)
    G. Naabik’íyáti’ Committee Work Session with Navajo Housing Authority and the Navajo Veterans Administration Pertaining to the Housing Crisis and how it is being addressed.
    Proposed Date: _________
    (m) (s) (v)
  8. CLOSE OF MEETING; ANNOUNCEMENTS; ADJOURNMENT
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