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LGSC – Eastern Navajo AgencyChapter Officials’ ConferenceMarch 19, 2012Farmington, NMSan Juan College
Eastern Navajo Land BoardDuties and Responsibilities
Facilitators: ELB & NNDA
Eastern Navajo Land Board
represent the following Chapters:
1. District 15 – 7
. Dalton Pass (
2. District 20 – 4 representatives
. Lake Valley and
. Whitehorse Lake (1)
and Torreon (1)
District 16 – 9
. Mariano Lake and Smith Lake (1)
. Thoreau, Baca and
. Pinedale and
. Church Rock, Bread Springs, and Red Rock (1)
. Rock Springs and
. Ramah (1)
. Alamo (1)
District 19 –
. Huerfano (2)
. Counselor and
1. Preserve and improve the land, water, forest, forage, wildlife and recreational resources in Eastern Navajo Agency through efficient grazing management.2. Promote optimum use of range resources to sustain income and livelihoods from livestock grazing.3. Balance the rights and equities of the individual \landowners and land users with the demands of Navajo Nation programs through the granting of grazing privileges in a manner which will yield a fair return to land users consistent with undiminished future use.
Eastern Navajo Land Board–
, Mission, and Goals
Duties and responsibilities of the District Land Boards
grazing permit and applications for eligibility to allocate
permit privileges and
designate use areas.
Strive to assign land tracts as viable economic units.
Mediate land disputes
refer unresolvable disputes to
Implement livestock educational programs, in coordination Navajo Nation
Division of Natural
Resources, Bureau of
and other resources.
Collaborate with Navajo Nation, state, BIA, BLM, NIIP, DNR departments on issues of mutual concern
Land acquisitions, mineral and energy development, etc.
Cancel grazing permits
upon forage depletion ,
failure to pay grazing
fees or non-use of
extended time periods
Recommend and implement range
improvements and conservation plans for
Duties and responsibilities of the District Land Boards (continued)
regulations and perform other authorized
on Navajo Nation trust, unreserved public domain land leased by the Navajo Nation, and other Navajo Nation controlled
Perform herd health management and marketing programs, including livestock sale programs.
Assist in annual livestock inventories.
Recommend establishment and adjustment of range units in consultation with land users
Recommend grazing fees, modification, cancellation, and reissuance of grazing permits.
Authorize range unit improvements
construction or removal.
Future “To Do List” for Eastern Navajo Land Board
Revise Plan of Operation
Revise MOU between the Navajo Nation, the BIA, and the BLM (aka Cooperative Agreement).
Revise MOA between Navajo
Nation and BIA.
Establish need and potential for ENA Integrated Resource Management Plan
Land Board Partners with:
USDA (NRCS, FSA)
Navajo Nation Courts
Law Enforcement (NN Police, NRE Rangers, State Police, County Sheriff)
National Park Service
Other NN DNR Departments
Current Land Board Issues…
Agriculture once brought people together for celebration and good fortunes (i.e.
). Now we are confronted with:
Livestock over grazing and
Increased dispute loads.
Economic Impacts due to
funding decreases, “do more with less,” higher cost of living)
trust, fee, allotment, BLM, Park Service, state,
razing district and chapter boundaries.
Increased demands from growing population and decreased grazing land.
Increased demands for grazing permits from younger generation.
BLM land issues (
unauthorized occupancy, land exchanges
Encroachment of other uses on grazing lands (
, community & economic development, etc
Need for Conservation Plans
Grazing regulation and dispute enforcement (NRE, NPD, BIA)