WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA – What many Americans take for granted, the Navajo Nation will now have a 911 emergency response system on the Navajo Nation.
On Wednesday Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed legislation, known as CO-53-13, that gives the Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Commission authority to implement and manage a 911 emergency response system on the largest Indian reservation in Indian country.
“I am pleased to sign this legislation. We have to give our Navajo Nation residents the opportunity to call for help in emergency situations. We have been working to create the infrastructure to enable a 911 emergency response system on the Navajo Nation. We look forward to making more progress in this area,” President Shelly said.
Legislation CO-51-13, which enabled the Commission to implement a 911 system, was one of the pieces of legislation from the fall session of the Navajo Nation Council that was signed on Wednesday.
President Shelly also signed the Navajo Nation General Leasing Regulations Act of 2013, legislation CO-53-13, into law. The act streamlines current leasing approvals by establishing procedures to approve all land leases with the exception of mineral leases.
“The Navajo Nation needs to create opportunities for growth. One of the ways we can do that is to streamline land lease procedures. This will allow businesses and homes a streamlined process to have leases approved. I welcome these changes,” President Shelly said.
“We are making progress on the Navajo Nation. We must continue to work hard for the Navajo people and ensure that the Navajo Nation is progressing toward positive changes for our people,” President Shelly said.