Delegate Eugenia Charles-Newton, left, who represents Shiprock Chapter, speaks to U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., about the condition of the Shiprock Police Department during a tour on March 22, 2019. (Photo: Daily Times file photo) WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Officials from the Navajo Nation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs talked about a process to pay for operations and maintenance for courts, jails and police buildings on the reservation.
The tribe has been requesting that the BIA provide funding to maintain existing buildings, and also for new structures.
Members of the Navajo Nation Council and personnel from the agency’s Navajo Regional Office, the Division of Facilities Management and Construction, and the Office of Justice Services met during a Feb. 10 work session for the Naa’bik’íyáti’ Committee.
According to the agency, there were five locations on the Navajo Nation that received approximately $1.8 million in operations and maintenance funding from the Office of Justice Services in fiscal year 2019.
The agency received a letter last September from tribal officials that requested an assessment for the current police, jail and court buildings in Shiprock and in Window Rock. The exterior of the Shiprock Police Department was shown to U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., as he toured the police department and Shiprock Judicial District courthouse on March 22, 2019. (Photo: Daily Times file photo) The assessment was called for based on current conditions for both facilities, tribal officials stated.
Shiprock has a court building and a public safety facility that houses a police department […]