Legislative Alert from the Western Navajo Agency Council


CJN-47-20: Authorizing the President, Speaker, and Chief Justice to Develop an Expenditure Plan(s) in accordance with Resolution CMY-44-20. 

  • June 19, 2020 – Legislation No. 116-20 was modified and approved by the Navajo Nation Council via CJN-47-20. 
  • July 4, 2020 – President Nez line item vetoed CJN-47-20 Among the items vetoed: $55 million for Navajo Chapters. The reason stated was the short time frame was not workable and encouraging Chapters to work with the Executive Divisions to present comprehensive plans to address the specific needs of their communities, the accountability and transparency of their spending plans, and assurance to comply with spending guidelines. The Executive Branch will work with Chapters to expedite funding plans and submit the expenditure plans for Chapters to the next Branch Chiefs’ discussion.

CMY-44-20: Enacting the Navajo Nation CARES Fund Act and Establishing the Navajo Nation CARES Fund

  • May 15, 2020 – Legislation No. 115-20 was approved by the Navajo Nation Council via CMY-44-20. 
  • May 30, 2020 – President Nez line item vetoed CMY-44-20
  • June 3, 2020 – Legislation 130-20 posted: overriding VETO of CMY-44-20 
  • June 19,2020 – NN Council failed to override the VETO of CMY-44-20 (Leg. No. 130-20). VOTE: 14-06. (3 excused) (needed 16 in favor votes to pass) SEE PAGES 87-88 IN LEGISLATION 0130-20 above

CJN-46-20: Approving and Adopting the Navajo Nation CARES Fund Expenditure Plans for Special Duty Pay, Personal Protective Equipment, and Facility Safety Assurance and Dine Hataalii Association, Inc. 

  • June 19, 2020 – Legislation No. 132-20 was approval by the Navajo Nation Council via CJN-46-20. 
  • July 04, 2020 – President Nez line item vetoed CJN-46-20. 

Special Message from the Western Navajo Agency Council:

Voices of concern are arising relating to the over $714 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds received by the Navajo Nation. The governmental actions of our leadership in “Window Rock” regarding these monies has only created disappointment and confusion.

The consequences of failing to fully expend these funds as intended by Congress would be a huge loss to the very People and Tribal Nation that need it most. Through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the CARES Act provided payments to Tribal governments to address the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak within their communities. 

As we move forward, our ‘central Navajo government’ must be mindful in not only protecting our People, our lands, and our resources, but must do so with good minds and good hearts, in honor of our ancestors and elders who have endured insurmountable loss and devastation while retaining our cultural being. So too must we chart a path and lead our People out of this pandemic – with courage, honor, and understanding. 

To our Window Rock Leadership, we say, don’t let this be another missed opportunity or a discouraging display of self-determination/sovereignty by the Navajo Nation.