Navajo President Joe Shirley, Jr., N.M. Gov. Bill Richardson discuss Navajo projects, during New Mexico Indian Day

SANTA FE, N.M. – Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr., and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson discussed the state’s capital outlay funding for New Mexico tribal infrastructure projects, saving several Navajo-specific projects from the budget chopping block, the Nation’s proposal on Class II gaming, and the successful Dec. 15 Navajo government reform election during a 20-minute meeting in the governor’s office Friday.
 
President Shirley traveled here to participate in the 2010 Legislative Session’s American Indian Day activities, sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Indian Affairs.
 
“I hadn’t seen my brother for a while,” President Shirley told the Governor. “It comes from the heart when I say thank you for working with us.”
 
The first subject the Governor inquired about was the Dec. 15 initiative election to reduce the Navajo Nation Council to 24 delegates and to authorize the President with line item veto authority, and how President Shirley fared politically.
 
The President explained that the people supported both initiatives overwhelmingly but that the Council continues to stand in the people’s way.
 
“You don’t take on the legislature without getting singed,” he said. “We still have our challenges but ultimately the will of the people will prevail.”
 
The President expressed his appreciation to Governor Richardson for his support of 46 Navajo projects that were slated for cuts but which were saved.
 
Arbin Mitchell, director of the Navajo Division of Community Development, told the Governor that grant agreements had been issued for 140 projects worth $14 million and 14 smaller project worth some $2 million. He said there are 63 Navajo project that need support to be saved.
 
“A lot of those Navajo projects were mine,” the Governor said, noting the Cutter Lateral water project in particular. “As one of my last acts, I’d like to see five percent go to the tribal infrastructure fund.”
 
The Governor said he supports H.B. 162, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, which will create a permanent source of funding for the tribal infrastructure fund.
He said despite the state’s current financial difficulties, his administration was working to make sure important projects continue.
 
The Governor told President Shirley he had received his letter regarding the Nation’s desire to begin Class II gaming and said that could hurt the state’s compacts with its other gaming tribes and open the door for non-Native gaming in New Mexico.
 
On Jan. 26, President Shirley wrote to New Mexico Gaming Control Board Executive Director John Monforte regarding the Nation’s plan to move forward with Class II gaming, which includes machines, bingo and other games.
The Governor said if the door is opening to non-Native gaming, that could hurt the Navajo Nation as well as the state.
 
“I want us to work together,” he told the President.
 
“That’s why I appreciate you, Governor, because you want collaboration,” President Shirley said.
 
The President and Governor agreed to meet again in a few weeks.

Navajo Division of Health to expand services through PL 93-638 contract pending IGR approval

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Health and Social Services Committee of the 21st Navajo Nation Council convened during a special meeting Feb. 5 and passed legislation regarding contract expansion between the Navajo Area Indian Health Services (NAIHS) and the Navajo Division of Health (NDOH).
 
Legislation No. 0049-10, sponsored by Alice Benally (Crownpoint/Nahodishgish), passed the Health and Social Services Committee (HSSC) with a 5-1 vote. The legislation will now go before the Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) Committee for final adoption.
 
If the legislation passes IGR, it would allow NDOH to continue to expand health care services through their PL 93-638 contract such as substance, alcohol abuse, health promotion and disease prevention programs among others from NAIHS.  
 
The Fort Defiance Indian Health Board is authorized under PL 93-638 of the Indian Self Determination Act, Title 1, to contract such services from NAIHS, which the HSSC and IGR committees previously approved in a separate legislation.
 
Theresa Galvan, acting program manager for the Navajo Department of Behavior Health Services, said the intent of this legislation is to “ensure consistency with the Program Function Services and Activities in the master contract with NDOH and NAIHS. Some of the areas we look to expand on include substance and alcohol abuse, mental health, health promotion/disease prevention, public health nursing to name but a few through the PL 93-638 contract.” 
 
John Hubbard, Navajo Area Indian Health Services Director, mentioned the importance of Legislation No. 0049-10, and said, “This legislation, pending IGR approval, will kick in one year from now. We will be getting $12 million and with this legislation the Navajo Nation will need to retrocede to receive it. By February of next year, NDOH should be in control of those expanded programs.”
 
Council Delegate Elmer L. Milford (Fort Defiance) voiced his concern to the HSSC and said the process needs to be completed properly.
 
“We want the timeline to make proper negotiations. Committee members, I would like to request that we go forward with your motion to get this process started,” added Milford.   
 
Benally expressed the need for this excellent opportunity for NDOH and said, “NDOH will be able to exercise its authority. The NDOH has the ability to meet federal standards and even surpass federal levels on health care in some cases. This chance will provide an opportunity for young professionals to run our own Navajo health care system with these programs.”
 
In other legislation, Legislation No. 0031-10 passed with a 4-0 vote. It will allow for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to strengthen tribal government capacity building.
 
Legislation No. 0061-10 also passed the HSSC with a 5-0 vote. The passage accepts and approves the Title IV-E Plan Development Grant of $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and the Children’s Bureau. 

 

 

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Sanctions Lifted From Kayenta Chapter

KAYENTA, AZ – Auditor General representative Beverly Tom reported to the Budget and Finance Committee Tuesday morning that after a weeklong audit of Kayenta Chapter financial records, it is their observation that the chapter had implemented their corrective action plan and have accomplished all requirements of the plan established by their office.

In 2004, the Navajo Nation Auditor General imposed sanctions upon Kayenta Chapter mainly due to the lack of an appropriate fiscal management system as required by the Navajo Nation government and for a lack of proper record keeping. Six years later, the Auditor General and Navajo Nation Budget and Finance Committee have lifted those sanctions at B&F’s first committee meeting of 2010.  “It is a momentous occasion that you should be proud of and a celebration with your community is in order,” said Jonathan Nez, B&F Member and Navajo County Supervisor. “You have worked hard to reorganize your chapter and now you are a model to other chapters that this can be accomplished,” said Councilman Nez.

Kayenta Chapter membership in the 2008 elections replaced their elected officials with a new group that campaigned on the platform of change for the Chapter and a quick change has indeed been ushered by the newly elected officials that have just completed their first year in office. “We have a great group of people that work with this new administration and we have accomplished a lot this past year. We have devised a strategic plan for the chapter which includes getting our land use plan certified, Five Management System certified, and of course lifting of the 6 year sanction status,” said Stanley Clitso, Chapter President. “We have a specific duty to the people of this community to support their dreams of becoming a Chapter unlike any on the Navajo Nation; a chapter on the right path to self sustainability and this is possible,” said President Clitso.  

Kayenta Chapter has contracted with Nahata Consulting, a Kayenta based consulting firm that has provided technical support to the chapter for nearly a year and has been instrumental in helping implement chapter goals and objectives according to Chapter Officials. “We have not had this sort of help before and without a fulltime CSC it has been hard to move towards implementing the corrective action plan as mandated by the auditor, not to mention even attempting LGA certification,” stated President Clitso. “These are the types of results that every sanctioned Chapter hopes for; to be out of fiscal injunction and into a new phase of community development. Check it off the Chapter’s to-do list and move on to the next item, because the potential of a Chapter like Kayenta is unlimited and time is of the essence. The Chapter must make clever and careful decisions from this point onward,” said James Nez, CEO of Nahata Consulting.

“The chapter has reestablished vital standing committees to address public interests and is finalizing its land use plan and FMS for certification by Transportation and Community Development Committee,” said Clitso. One interesting fact that demonstrates the acceleration of Kayenta Chapter is the implementation of the non-profit accounting software MIP by Sage. “We will be one of the first chapters using this software while going up for LGA certification,” said Chapter Officials. “We want to be innovative and competitive in this economy and by being technologically up-to-date we stand a chance in making other chapter ventures a reality,” said President Clitso. “I would like to thank my staff, my fellow officials Vice-President Ruth Gilmore and Secretary/Treasurer Lenora Spencer, our consultant, the Auditor General’s Office, Fort Defiance LGSC, and the Budget and Finance Committee for helping Kayenta Chapter exit out of sanction status. I would also like to pay special thanks to the community members of Kayenta for being so patient in enduring the long process, Ahe’hee,” commented President Clitso.

 

Kayenta Recreation Center Facility Use Fees FINALIZED


Ty Dene Sings A Traditional Navajo Song at the Kayenta Recreation Center

KAYENTA, AZ – The Kayenta Recreation Center has centralized its internal controls after various administrative review processes, and while making public its review process, it  has caused some degree of concern from the public who use the facility.  The Kayenta Township staff received phone calls, emails, and letters from concerned citizens about the facility use fees being too steep, especially for groups who use the Kayenta Recreation Center for fundraising purposes.  The Kayenta Recreation Center fees were published in the Kayenta Today Winter 2010 issue, which triggered public reaction.

“That’s the good thing about print, then it gives the public an opportunity to react to administrative decisions,” said a community member who wished to remain anonymous.

More revenue to the Township coffers to meet management and operating costs versus supporting community development activities is an issue of debate that came to a boil and resulted in Kayenta Townswhip adjusting their current facility use rental fees.  Event promoters have to be able to afford the facility use fees, and the Township has learned that promoters also have have to pay additional costs for event promotion, usually a band or entertainment for hire, facility use fees, certificate of liability insurance, and other incidental fees just to hold an event.

In addition, the Kayenta Recreation Center has a maximum occupancy of only 500 people.  The bottom line said that: even for a successful night at a $10 per person event, a very limited amount of money was to be made and distributed to all who were involved to make money.

 

 

The Fiscal Year 2010 Facility Use Rental and Procedures at the Kayenta Recreation Center will be:

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1. Have the Customer fill out a Kayenta Recreation Center Facility Use Agreement application.
2. The Customer must show Proof of Certificate Liability Insurance for the date of the event.
3. The Customer must pay the balance for facility use in full at the Kayenta Township Finance Department before the event takes place.
4. Facility Use Rental Agreements are given on a “First Come, First Serve” basis.
5. The facility must be cleaned after the event, and will be inspected by the Recreation
 Leader the following Monday after the event.  A $75.00 cleaning fee will be charged if it is not cleaned.
6. Fees will no longer be waived. Payments will be made in full prior to the event.
7. The Event Flyers must include: “Not Responsible for Theft, Personal Injury, or Damage To Property” in print.
8. All fee payments for facility use rental must be PAID IN FULL at the Finance Department at the Kayenta Township main office.
9.  All requests for refunds must be made two weeks before the event so that other customers may have an
opportunity to fill that canceled date.

Kayenta Recreation Center Facility Use Fees 2010

Public Events on Non-Holidays:

Country and Western Dance              $400
Song and Dance                                $400
Pow-Wow                                          $400

 

Special Events:

 

Christmas Eve Events                   $ 700 per event
Christmas Day Events                  $ 700 per event

New Years Eve Events                   $ 700 per event

New Years Day Events                  $ 700 per event

Valentine’s Day Events                 $ 700 per event
Fourth of July Events                    $ 700 per event

Memorial Day Events                    $ 700 per event

Others:
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Hip Hop Dances $250 per event

Health and Job Fairs                                        $25.00 per table

Birthday parties/Graduations                          $100 per event

Non-Profit Sponsored Public Events                $150.00 per event

Town Hall Small Conference                             $150 per meeting

Town Hall Large Conference Room No Rental

* Fees will not be waivered and partial payments will not be accepted.

 

The Kayenta Recreation Center will only provide assistance in scheduling a date, filling out Facility Use Agreement applications, and having the Certificates of Liability for each event on file. All other questions about fees and payments should be directed to the Kayenta Township Finance Department, (928) 697-8451.

N.A.T.I.V.E. District 15-acre Campus and Business Site Lease APPROVED

KAYENTA, AZ – The Kayenta Business Site Leasing Committee met for the third time on Thursday at 2:00 pm with NATIVE, Inc., to listen in on a presentation on a new planned campus for vocational education.  Representatives Frankie Gilmore and Superintendent Karen C. Lesher presented drawings of the design and architecture, and in some parts of their presentation, their excitement about a long overdue project prompted the meeting to last beyond an hour.  The NATIVE Campus has long been in the planning stages since 1999, they said.

Along with their design and architecture presentation, the NATIVE representatives approached the newly formed Kayenta Business Site Leasing Committee with a complete Business Site Lease application that is good “for a term of twenty-five (25) years, with two additional options to renew the Agreement for 25 years.”

The main reason for building a NATIVE campus in Kayenta is to provide a centralized place for adult education, which according to the studies presented, is a huge need on the Navajo reservation.  Superintendent Karen Lesher said, “A centralized campus in Kayenta will allow us to get more funding.”  The NATIVE program finally became recognized as a school district in 2003.

Frankie J. Gilmore, who has been a steadfast advocate for a NATIVE campus for over 10-years, was the person who did the preliminary concept drawings and design by pencil.  After several years, as it became a major project, Beringer Ciaccio DennellMadbrey, or BCDM became the architects.  BCDM is a full-service architecture business with offices in Phoenix, AZ,  Des Moines, IA, and its main offices in Omaha, NE.

“The buildings were designed to reflect the Navajo culture,” said Frankie Gilmore.  The project construction will come in four phases.  Each phase will erect a major part of a four part building and will include ten-housing units.  The four major buildings will each house several departments, lecture rooms, and offices.  “The buildings will be set up with an east entrance with a walk way and thoroughfare going in the four cardinal directions.  Each building in each direction will be fastened by a rainbow to make one building or central campus.  The main entrance will reflect the entrance of a hogan,” he explained.

The first phase of the project will include the southeast part of the building that will include:  1)  Administration;  2)  Conference Center;  3)  Culinary Arts;  4)  Power Structural and Technology Systems;  5)  Electrical and Power Transmission Techology;  5)  Hospitality;  and 6)  TV/Video Production.  The hospitality, culinary arts, and conference center portion of the project is also envisioned as bringing in revenue through what is called a student based enterprise, which is envisioned as teaching students about the real world of money.

The second phase of the project, or building two will include:  1)  Bio Science;  2)  Hospitality;  3)  Information Technology Networking;  4) Nursing;  5)  Computer Technology and Library; and 6)  Offices.

The third phase will include:  1)  Cosmetology;  2)  Law, Public Safety, and Security;  3)  Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC); 4)  Mental and Health Services;  5)  Auditorium; and 6)  2 Offices.

The fourth phase will include:  1)  Automotive Technology;  2)  Engineering Sciences;  3)  Education and Training;  4)  Heavy Equipment Operations;  5)  Heavy Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies; and 6)  Medium Conference Rooms.

Other features of the campus will include Staff Housing, a Geodome, a Hogan, 6 Hogan B & B Rentals, Wind Energy Turbines, Solar Energy Panels, land labs, and many other features.

Later, over the phone, Superintendent Karen Lesher said that they are awaiting clearance from the Environmental Protection Agency and once all the clearances are made, they are hoping to break ground for Phase I of construction in mid-March 2010.

Kayenta Town Hall Meeting, February 8 2010 at 5:30 pm

Proposed Agenda

 

KAYENTA TOWNSHIP COMMISSION

REGULAR  MEETING

 February 8, 2010, 5:30 P.M.

Kayenta Town Hall 

A. Call Meeting to Order; Roll Call; Invocation  

B. Recognize Guests; Announcements:   

C.  Call to Public   

D.   Review & Adopt Agenda

 Motion:____ Second:_____ Vote:_____

 

 Review & Accept Minutes: 10/12/2009 and 1/11/2010 KTC Meeting

 Motion:____ Second:_____ Vote:_____

 

E. Old Business – None

F. New Business

 

<!–[if !supportLists]–>1. <!–[endif]–>Resolution: Approving the Site Location for the “Welcome to Kayenta” sign and a Conventional Construction Agreement between KTC and Keyah Construction, Inc. to construct the “Welcome to Kayenta” sign

Sponsor: Community Department / Gabriel Yazzie

Motion:____ Second:_____ Vote:_____

<!–[if !supportLists]–>2. <!–[endif]–>Resolution: Approving to amend the KTC’s Organizational Chart to include the Animal Control Shelter Program and a Program Director/Veterinarian

Sponsor: Finance Department / Sylvia Yazzie

Motion:____ Second:_____ Vote:_____

 

 

<!–[if !supportLists]–>3. <!–[endif]–>Resolution: Approving a Financial Assistance to the Kayenta Farm Board to pay a debt to a Vendor that worked on the Irrigation Project

Sponsor: Finance Department / Sylvia Yazzie

Motion:____ Second:_____ Vote:_____

G. Reports:

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(Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____ Second:_____ Vote:_____

<!–[if !supportLists]–>2. <!–[endif]–>Interim Town Manager’s Report; Other Projects Updates

(Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____ Second:_____ Vote:_____

H. Adjournment: Motion:____ Second:_____ Vote:_____

 

 

*****KTC Special Meeting to be held on February 19, 2010 ****

*****Next KTC Regular Meeting is on March 08, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.*****

Architect Holds Meeting For Kayenta Detention Facility Design

KAYENTA, AZ – David N. Sloan met Wednesday, February 3rd with key players at the Kayenta Town Hall Conference Room to discuss the detailing of the final planning and design met for the 64-bed jail facility that is scheduled to be built as the Kayenta Detention and Holding Facility.  Local service providers, the architect David Sloan, Public Safety-Corrections Director Delores Greyeyes, Kayenta Township staff, and others involved in the detention facility project met to agree on overall comprehensive design.

The group that was present focused on how the building would be used on a day-in and day-out basis.  Under book-length provisions stated in the $30 million dollar U.S. Department of Public Safety grant, the final design and purpose of the building has to meet criteria both as a public safety building as well as a rehabilitation building.

In the attempt to provide space and security for counseling services, police department offices, training rooms, conference rooms, and even a space for sweat lodges (for in-mates), architect David Sloan mulled questions he threw out to the meeting participants.  “I have to take into consideration a lot of individual and group spaces for this facility,” he said.  “How can the design of space accommodate both security and privacy measures that are often important to the design of such a building?” he asked.

As the group mulled their options, it was suggested that in the preliminary stages, a lot of open space be considered with movable walls.  At a later time, daily users of the building will learn the best ways to use the space inside the facility and the necessary changes can be made at that time.

At this point, the 26,500 sq ft building design is scheduled to include:  1)  Standard sized offices for ranking officers; 2)  space for counseling;  4)  Short-term segregated male/female holding facility;  5)  Long-term separate male/female holding facility;  6) large open work space or area;  7)  space for Correction Staff;  8)  Fitness and Training Room;  9)  Kitchen;  10)  Privacy Rooms; 11)  Peace-Making Room; and 12)  Should the building be connected to the Court?

A lot of consideration will go into accommodating professional staff who will use the building on a continuous but part time basis, which includes people like the  Department of Behavioral Health Services and social service workers.  The challenge is to provide security, privacy, and safety for all the people who will use the building.  Police officers also have to be able to come and go with various exits and entrances.

“We will have inmates coming in to be detained, and inmates who are leaving.  At  the same time, we have to have a police department that can respond to public service as well as emergencies,” said Public Safety Director Delores Greyeyes.

Based on what was all taken into consideration at the Wednesday meeting, architect David N. Sloan will include these additional items to work on as a part of his contract:

_ Building Information Modeling (BIM)
- A Male and Female Hogan
- Sweat Lodge.  (Note:  both the Hogan and Sweat Lodge need to be specified in designs).
- Medical Treatment area within the facility
-  Work Release program
-  The revision of the current master plan to relocate court facility next to the police department.
-  Landscaping
-  Storage Space
-  Program Space

Community Development Director, Gabriel Yazzie, included in his report that “currently David Sloan and Scott House are working on getting an RFP sent out for a Project Manager.”  This project is moving forward quickly and we aniticipate on hiring a Project Manager by late February or early March.”