Navajo Nation of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah


Nation President Kelsey A. Begaye has signed measures to lower the DUI level and strengthen enforcement of trash disposal laws. The council recently approved a resolution dropping the blood-alcohol level for presumption of intoxication to 0.08 percent from 0.10, the current statewide level for Arizona though there is a move to change it to avoid loss of millions of dollars in federal highway funds. Begaye also signed a resolution reallocating funds to ensure use of three Navajo Environmental Protection Agency officers to enforce reservation trash disposal laws. There is no door-to-door trash collection on the 4.8 million-acre reservation. Open dumping is a tradition the nation is trying to change. The tribal environmental agency identified 465 makeshift, illegal dumps on the reservation in 1999 when a crackdown began.