Council of the Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Council of the Navajo Nation Delegate Paul Begay and Delegate Herman M. Daniels join Navajo leaders in supporting Legislation 0104-21 signed by President Jonathan Nez on July 6, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Council of the Navajo Nation

Council Delegate Herman M. Daniels and Paul Begay join Navajo The President of the Nation Jonathan Nez in the signing of the legislation 0104-21

Window Rock, Arizona – Tuesday Council Delegate Herman M. Daniels (Ts’ah Bii ‘Kin, Navajo Mountain, Shonto, Oljato) and Council Delegate Paul Begay (Coppermine, K’ai’bii’tó, LeChee, Tonalea / Red Lake, Bodaway / Gap) from 24 Navajo The Council of the Nation has joined Navajo President of the Nation Jonathan Nez and Navajo National Vice President Myron Lizer at the signing of resolution CJN-36-21.

In front of a crowd of Navajo business leaders and concerned Navajo citizens, expressed the delegate Begay; “With the signing of this law, our Navajo The people and companies within the Navajo National borders can now rise, re-establish themselves and get back on the road. “

Among the repealed resolutions, resolution CMA-16-20, which enacted the closure of all Navajo Nationally owned and maintained roads for visitors and tourists have been canceled to promote business economic growth.

Prior to today’s signing, legislation 0104-21 was unanimously approved by the Navajo Council of the Nation with a vote of 23 for and 0 against, and was then handed over to President Nez last week, pending his approval or veto.

In early June, the Naabik’iyati ‘Committee approved Law No.0076-21, which would have reopened on 8 Navajo Tribal parks at full capacity with COVID-19 security protocols applied.

President Nez then responded by vetoing legislation 0076-21, citing that tribal parks should be reopened at 50% capacity due to the unknown health of visitors when they travel to the Navajo Nation.

Additionally, in his note to President Damon, President Nez said that with the spread of COVID-19 variants, it is essential that leaders follow the advice of health experts in order to protect Navajo nationals.

In response, the Navajo The Council of Nation held a Navajo Extraordinary session of the Council of the Nation to draft legislation No.0104-21 which repealed language repealing COVID-19-related legislation implemented at the start of the pandemic.

“After today, this signaling ceremony solidified the reopening of tribal parks by working with every division and program to ensure that a reopening plan is in place,” said delegate Daniels. “Thank you to the business owners for helping with this plan and for making sure you always wear your mask and follow CDC guidelines.”

On Tuesday morning, supporters of Law 0104-21 headed for the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park, opposite the office of the president and vice president to share their continued stress on the closure of the Navajonation, and to urge President Nez to approve the legislation and reopen the Navajo Tribal parks.

At around 9:00 a.m. (MDT), it was announced by the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) that President Nez would sign the legislation. Planning for the event then quickly kicked in to hold a signing ceremony outside the Veterans Memorial Park where many supporters were located. Among those present were many supporters of various Navajo travel agencies.

“We have a long way to go to help rebuild Navajo– businesses belonging to the tourism industry and Navajo The Council of the Nation is aware of how much these businesses have suffered during the pandemic and the shutdown, ”said Council delegate Nathaniel Brown (Dennehotso, Kayenta, Chííłchinbii’tó). “It’s up to leaders to hear from businesses and community members about how much it would cost and what kind of help would be needed to increase their income. “

President Nez expressed his gratitude to Council Delegate Carl Slater (Round Rock, Rock Point, Tséch’izí, Lukachugai, Tsaile-Wheatfields) for sponsoring the legislation. Legislation 0104-21 will also authorize in-person instruction for Navajo schools with a required safety plan, and reopen the Navajo Nation to tourists / visitors at 50% occupancy.

“In the name of the 24th Navajo Council of the Nation, I would like to thank the collaborative work that the Office of the President and Vice President have done to move our nation forward in these uncertain times, ”said President Seth Damon (Bááhaalí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Red Rock, Rock Springs, Tséyatoh). “As we reopen, it is crucial that we remain vigilant by wearing masks, socially distancing ourselves and washing our hands to protect our Diné People when businesses reopen. “

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