Now that Navajo Nation Council Delegate Ben Bennett, from Eastern Navajo, has introduced legislation supporting the proposed Grand Canyon Escalade, what is next?
Here is what we know:
- More than 32,000 people worldwide signed petitions online, and sent in official comments to the Navajo Nation during the five-day official comment period ending last Saturday.
- The next step is the Navajo Nation Law & Order Committee. There is nothing in the Navajo Nation meetings docket for anything scheduled with this committee for the upcoming week. But, you can continue to check this link: http://www.navajonationcouncil.org/meetings.html for new activity. Be advised that items are often scheduled at the last minute, with no notice, and everyone can be caught by surprise. Remain vigilant. Use social media — and text messaging for quicker action — to organize everyone on a moment’s notice to provide in-person public comment and/or demonstrations in Window Rock if public comment is disallowed.
- After the Law and Order Committee, the next step will be the Resources & Development Committee. Again, follow the meeting notices at the link above.
- After Resources & Development, will be Budget & Finance, followed by the Naa’bik’i’lyati; Committee.
- Then the big meeting is the Navajo Nation Council, where a two-thirds majority is required for final passage.
Even after all that, the Navajo Nation President can veto the legislation.
Please also stay in touch with Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye’s office via https://www.facebook.com/Navajo-Nation-OPVP-Russell-Begaye-And-Jonathan-Nez-302132179938953/, as well as http://nnopvp.org/.
More updates and information will be provided as it develops.