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Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President

On April 4th, Navajo Nation lawmakers voted down legislation that originally sought to provide approximately $1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for water projects, electricity, broadband connectivity, housing, and other critical need-based infrastructure for communities and families across the Navajo Nation.

Since then, the Navajo Nation’s technical experts have worked together to develop a new bill, Legislation No. 0086-22, based on meetings with chapter officials, agency councils, Council members, and proposals submitted through the Division of Community Development’s online portal. In 2021, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Division Directors met in-person and virtually with numerous chapter officials and local leaders to receive their American Rescue Plan Act priorities. Each proposal submitted by the chapters was carefully reviewed to ensure compliance with the U.S. Treasury’s guidelines for the use of American Rescue Plan Act funding.

Navajo Nation Legislation No. 0086-22 is compliant with U.S. Treasury guidelines for the use of American Rescue Plan Act funding.

Navajo Nation Legislation No. 0086-22 is compliant with U.S. Treasury guidelines for the use of American Rescue Plan Act funding.

The Navajo Nation Council is scheduled to hold a special session on Friday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m. to consider the new bill. Legislation No. 0086-22, sponsored by Council Delegate Mark Freeland and several co-sponsors, proposes the following funding allocations:

  • Water/wastewater development — $215 million
  • Home electric connections —  $96 million
  • Housing for families and veterans — $165 million
  • Broadband connectivity — $120 million
  • Bathroom additions for homes — $150 million
  • Local Chapter priorities — $81 million
  • Rural Addressing — $30 million
  • E911/Public Safety — $5 million
  • Health care/mental health services — $79 million
  • Cyber security — $5 million
  • Economic development — $45 million
  • American Rescue Plan Act Hardship Assistance — $120 million
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