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FARMINGTON — When the Navajo Nation Council convenes Monday for the fall session, they will hear the state of the nation from Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly.

The final version of the speech will not be available until Shelly presents it to the council, but the president's spokesman, Erny Zah, said the president will likely talk about the tribe's economic future and update delegates on completed and proposed projects.

Shelly may talk about the continued progress made by Navajo Head Start and the possibility of submitting a reimbursement request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for money spent to help chapters recover from this year's floods.

The president also plans to talk about the Navajo Nation Energy Policy of 2013 and why its passage will guide the tribe's energy future.

The energy policy automatically moved to the fall session agenda after the council lost quorum before voting on it during Wednesday's special session.

Zah said the executive office is aware of the issues some delegates raised during the special session, and the state of the nation may address those concerns while continuing to push for its passage.

"We want to give the energy policy the best opportunity to be passed by the Navajo council," Zah said.

The bill containing the energy policy, which is being sponsored by delegate Roscoe Smith, kicks off the proposed agenda.

Other pieces of legislation on the proposed agenda would amend the tribe's election code, the process to lease lands and the operation and authority of the Navajo Transitional Energy Company LLC.

Amendments are also proposed to change the appointment, terms, powers and removal process for the Navajo Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

The council will also consider a bill to authorize the Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Commission to implement and manage a 911 emergency response system on the reservation.

Delegate Russell Begaye, who represents Shiprock, is sponsoring two bills that request supplemental funding from the Unreserved Undesignated Fund Balance.

Begaye is asking the council to approve using $150,200 to demolish the former Tuba City District Court Building and $16,483 for the Department of Corrections in Crownpoint.

Judicial Branch officials have said they want to raze the former district court building because it is located next to the new judicial complex, which opened February in Tuba City, and could attract vandalism.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and Follow her @nsmithdt on Twitter.