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LGSC – Eastern Navajo AgencyChapter Officials’ ConferenceMarch 19, 2012Farmington, NMSan Juan College

Eastern Navajo Land BoardDuties and Responsibilities

Facilitators: ELB & NNDA

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PIX……

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Eastern Navajo Land Board

The

20 Land

Board

Members

represent the following Chapters:

1. District 15 – 7

Representatives.

a. Standing

Rock (

1)

b

. Dalton Pass (

Nahodishgish

) (1)

c

. White

Rock (1)

2. District 20 – 4 representatives

d

. Lake Valley and

Becenti

(1)

e

.

Crownpoint

and

Littlewater

(1)

f

. Whitehorse Lake (1)

g

. Pueblo

Pintado

and Torreon (1)

3

.

District 16 – 9

Representatives

.

a

. Mariano Lake and Smith Lake (1)

b

. Thoreau, Baca and

Casamero

Lake (1)

c

. Pinedale and

Iyanbito

(1)

d

. Church Rock, Bread Springs, and Red Rock (1)

e

.

Manuelito

and

Chichiltah

(1)

f

. Rock Springs and

Tsayatoh

(1)

g

. Ramah (1)

h

. Alamo (1)

i

.

Tohajilee

(1)

4

.

District 19 –

4 representatives

.

a

. Huerfano (2)

b

.

Nageezi

(1)

c

. Counselor and

Ojo

Encino (1)

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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–

Purpose

, Mission, and Goals

Statements

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Duties and responsibilities of the District Land Boards

Review

grazing permit and applications for eligibility to allocate

grazing

permit privileges and

designate use areas.

Strive to assign land tracts as viable economic units.

Mediate land disputes

and

refer unresolvable disputes to

the

Joint

Land Board.

Implement livestock educational programs, in coordination Navajo Nation

Division of Natural

Resources, Bureau of

Indian Affairs,

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 ,

permittee

death,

failure to pay grazing

fees or non-use of

permits for

extended time periods

or other

reasons.

Recommend and implement range

improvements and conservation plans for

range units.

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Duties and responsibilities of the District Land Boards (continued)

Enforce

grazing

regulations and perform other authorized

duties

on Navajo Nation trust, unreserved public domain land leased by the Navajo Nation, and other Navajo Nation controlled

land.

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

prior to

construction or removal.

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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

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Land Board Partners with:

Chapters

USDA (NRCS, FSA)

BLM

BIA

Navajo Nation Courts

Law Enforcement (NN Police, NRE Rangers, State Police, County Sheriff)

National Park Service

Other NN DNR Departments

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Current Land Board Issues…

Agriculture once brought people together for celebration and good fortunes (i.e.

dippings

). 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)

Complex land

s

tatus (

trust, fee, allotment, BLM, Park Service, state,

etc

)

Conflicting

g

razing district and chapter boundaries.

Comprehensive

Land Use

Plans needed.

Zoning

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 (

homesite

, community & economic development, etc

.)

Need for Conservation Plans

Grazing regulation and dispute enforcement (NRE, NPD, BIA)

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Eastern

Navajo Land

Board

Thank you!