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Navajo Nation State of the Union Address

Direct from the Navajo Nation Washington Office

Navajo Nation SealNavajo Nation President Ben Shelly showed unity today by showcasing the work Vice President Rex Lee Jim has been doing for the Navajo Nation during the first day of the Spring Session of the Navajo Nation Council.

Vice President Jim spoke for nearly 20 minutes and delivered the State of the Nation almost entirely in Navajo.

Though Vice President Jim spoke mostly in Navajo, he followed the English written State of the Nation, and his speech outlined some of the initiatives the administration and Vice President Jim have accomplished and are working toward.

Vice President Jim also announced the successful passage of a waiver that saved Indian Health Service and 638 contract health centers as much as $24 million in Medicaid and Medicare funding.

Due to a $1 billion deficit, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer proposed state Medicare and Medicaid cutbacks, but provided a waiver for American Indian tribes in Arizona. The federal government approved her waiver for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).

“This waiver also means keeping the doors of health care open for 50,000 Navajo people enrolled in AHCCCS,” according to the written speech

Vice President Jim updated the Council about a planned 2012 Navajo Nation Food Policy Summit, in which health leaders would explore solutions with a food policy to address obesity on the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Department of Health estimates that 40 percent of Navajo people are obese, and obesity is a contributing factor for heart attacks, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

The summit would bring in Navajo culture into the discussion, and explore the spiritual and nutritional role in a historical perspective while using more current data, Vice President Jim said.

Using the written speech, Vice President Jim said “our people are our strength, and we, as leaders, must lead our people to greater prosperity and opportunities, while keeping our culture alive and strong.”

(see more at http://nnwo.org/content/president-shelly-and-vice-president-jim-gives-state-nation-address )

Evans Craig, Dine’ from Shiprock, NM, Navajo Nation, USA


April 17, 2012 - Posted by | Native News, Updates | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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