On Sept. 22, Navajo Nation Council Delegate Jonathan Hale (Oaksprings, St. Michaels) called on the U.N to allow tribal nations to participate on a permanent basis within the U.N. system without going through an NGO.
On Sept. 27, President Barack Obama announced that more than 100 mayors, county officials and tribal nations, including the Navajo Nation, have accepted the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, the next step in organizing and building upon the work of community leaders to improve outcomes for youth in America.
In the largest settlement with a single American Indian tribe, the Obama administration will pay the Navajo Nation $554 million to settle claims that the U.S. government has mismanaged funds and natural resources on the Navajo reservation for decades.
The annual federal budget process begins with a detailed proposal from the President in February; Congress next develops a blueprint called a budget resolution that sets limits on how much each committee can spend (or reduce revenues) over the course of the year; and the terms of the budget resolution are then enforced against individual appropriations, entitlement bills, and tax bills on the House and Senate floors.
Both chambers are in recess until after the elections Nov. 4. Congress will return to Washington for one week following the election before departing for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will return in December for a lame duck session.