FARMINGTON — President Ben Shelly has released a 16-page report summarizing his greatest accomplishments as president so far.

Among those accomplishments was saving the Navajo Head Start program and $52 million in community development projects.

"Two and a half years ago, I spoke of change," Shelly wrote in the report. "I am pleased to bring you this report of the accomplishments that my staff and I, along with the vice president and his staff, have completed."

The report was not a fiscal one, as it made few mentions of revenue or spending. It focused more on the actions that the Shelly administration took, as well as those that they supported.

The report initially talks about the president's promise to "listen to the voice of the Navajo People." The administration in the past two years has organized 25 town hall meetings, which Shelly feels is a way to better get to know and understand his people, according to Erny Zah, spokesman for the Office of the President and Vice President of the Navajo Nation.

"There were a lot of people who said it's the first time they've seen the president in their community for a long time," said Zah.

Shelly feels that they have listened to and done what many of the people have asked for, though that has not always been easy given the different demands that different areas have, Zah said.

The accomplishments listed included the administration's involvement with regional water rights settlements, which have been ongoing and still are today.


Also included was Shelly's effort to save the Navajo Head Start program, a program that the federal government almost terminated more than a year ago.

In terms of infrastructure, the report touted the use of more than $52 million in community development funding to start and complete 52 different projects. The projects included the renovation or construction of nine senior centers, construction of four multi-purpose complexes, construction or renovation of various chapter houses, and the paving of six parking lots.

One of the highlighted infrastructure projects was the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project, a projected $1 billion effort that will provide more than 43 chapters with clean and safe drinking water. The project also is expected to provide 600 jobs.

In the Shiprock area, the tribe awaits the completion of the Navajo Nation Municipal Pipeline, which will provide an estimated 47,000 people with water, the report said. The project is a multi-agency effort, though the Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority is responsible for construction within the tribal boundaries, according to a Bureau of Reclamation report.

Also in the area was the opening of Northern Edge Navajo Casino in Upper Fruitland, which created more than 300 new jobs.

"We wanted to give people a glimpse that things are getting done," Zah said. "Everyone knows the things that aren't getting done."

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