Published April 18, 2017
WINDOW ROCK – Today, President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez provided the spring State of the Navajo Nation Address to the Diné People during the Navajo Nation Council session.
“The Navajo Nation remains strong and continues to be looked upon as leaders among tribal nations. We have positioned our Nation to be prosperous in every aspect while securing our voice is heard at the National level,” said President Begaye.
Vice President Nez said the Navajo Nation needs to address ways to diversify revenue streams.
“We have to seize opportunities to compensate for the potential loss of revenue to the General Fund resulting from the impending shutdown of NGS,” said Vice President Nez.
President Begaye and Vice President Nez addressed the future of the Navajo Generating Station, the Naat’aanii Development Corporation, an Organic Production Plan for NAPI, and the Navajo Community Development Financial Institution.
In February of 2016, President Begaye and Vice President Nez created the Office of Navajo Hopi Indian Relocation Transition Team to address the potential closure of ONHIR by October 2018.
“Beyond working on the final draft of the ONHIR closeout legislation, we are holding the federal government responsible to provide for the unfulfilled obligations that haven’t been promised to relocates,” said President Begaye.
This spring session, the Navajo Nation Council will consider the Navajo Nation Public Safety System Fund Act of 2017. This legislation will establish a public safety fund to address safety issues that exist on the Nation.
“The Public Safety Fund is a priority to ensure we are able to retain and recruit officers, prosecutors and other public safety personnel for the Navajo Nation,” said President Begaye.
“In a collaborative branch of government effort on the Navajo Nation, we have created the Diné Action Plan to assist in combating against our 21st century Naayéé (monsters). These monsters that plague our people are suicide, violence and addiction,” said Vice President Nez.
The Begaye-Nez administration is actively pursuing ways to develop economic areas across the Navajo Nation through the designation of the Economic Zone Task Force.
President Begaye and Vice President Nez will provide the State of the Nation Address live on KTNN on April 18, 2017 in the afternoon.