Noel Lyn Smith | 7/6/2021 | Albuquerque Journal
FARMINGTON – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez signed a comprehensive bill that repeals several restrictions put in place last year to address the coronavirus pandemic and rescinds the closure of the tribal land to visitors.
On July 6, Nez concurred with the Navajo Nation Council’s decision to reopen the region based on lower rates of new COVID-19 cases and 70% of residents on the tribal land being fully vaccinated.
“I think this is a turning point,” Nez said during the signing ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Window Rock, Arizona. Nez said the tribe will reopen its doors July 8.
The resolution also allows in-person instruction at schools located on the tribal land, authorizes the opening of tribal enterprises and businesses owned by tribal members – particularly those that generate income from tourism – and allow chapter governments to revise quorum requirements for meetings or continue using telephonic or other electronic means to meet quorum.