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Navajo Nation Council starts spring session on Monday

The Navajo Nation Council will begin its spring session this morning in Window Rock, Ariz.
The Navajo Nation Council will begin its spring session this morning in Window Rock, Ariz.
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  • The council also will hear the State of the Nation address from Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye.
  • The Farmington City Council will have a work session at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
  • The San Juan County Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the county administration building.
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Revenge porn bill among 48 measures listed on agenda

FARMINGTON — The Navajo Nation Council will determine during the spring session this week whether to criminalize revenge porn on tribal land.

Under the terms of the measure, criminal charges could be filed in tribal court if someone is found distributing images featuring an individual that depict nudity or sexual activity without that person's consent.

The bill is among 48 pieces of legislation listed on the proposed agenda for the session, which starts at 10 a.m. today in the council chamber in Window Rock, Arizona.

Another bill proposes to amend tribal law to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided equal access to employment, housing, education, voting and government services.

It would also establish a plan of operation for the Navajo Nation Advisory Council on Disabilities and amend the Navajo Nation Bill of Rights to designate the equal rights of individuals with disabilities as a basic civil right.

The majority of the 12-page proposed agenda is comprised of legislation that seeks supplemental funding from the Unreserved Undesignated Fund Balance. There are 30 such requests to fund projects focused on infrastructure, economic development and services provided by tribal departments.

Other bills seek the confirmation of Sean McCabe as director of the Division of Economic Development and Nona Bashone as executive director for the Diné Uranium Remediation Advisory Commission.

The council also will hear the State of the Nation address from Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and a report from Speaker LoRenzo Bates.

Local government groups and one school district board will conduct meetings this week.

The Farmington City Council will have a work session at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the executive conference room in City Hall, 800 Municipal Drive.

The council will discuss a proposal to share the construction cost of adding a banquet room at the Four Corners Regional Airport.

Councilors also will discuss a health and wellness benefits program for city employees who utilize programs and facilities managed by the city.

The San Juan County Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the county administration building, 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.

Commissioners will consider awarding a bid to reconstruct a ramp to the building to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

They will consider a second bid to purchase asphalt emulsions and related products.

The Central Consolidated School District board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kirtland Board Room. Board members will hear a report about the Johnson O'Malley Program.

The district will continue its series of public hearings for the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Newcomb Chapter house in Newcomb.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at nsmith@daily-times.com.

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