FARMINGTON — A public hearing for the proposed Navajo Rangeland Improvement Act of 2014 will be at 9 a.m. on Monday in the Diné College gymnasium in Tsaile, Ariz.

Among the proposals listed in the act is one that would add to the authority held by the director of the Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture for managing grazing permits and the appeals process and supervising range technicians.

The act would create the position of "ranch technician" to replace district grazing committees and district land boards.

The act would also outline the duties and responsibilities of range technicians.

Other proposed changes would address grazing fees, grazing district boundaries, fencing, range units and management, conservation management plans, recreational livestock, wildlife assessment and livestock trespassing.

It also would amend how rangeland is used for burials and how motor vehicles can be used on rangeland.

In addition to that, it addresses the rules on enforcement, impoundment and civil sanctions and the appeal processes, as well as outlines the eligibility requirements for receiving a grazing permit for the Navajo Partitioned Lands in Arizona and for McCracken Mesa in southeastern Utah.

The public hearing is being held by the Navajo Nation Council's Resources and Development Committee, which has oversight on the agriculture department.

Public comment taken during the meeting will be limited to 10 minutes per person, according to a press release from the Office of the Speaker.

This is the latest in a series of public hearings about the proposed act.

In July 2012, the department hosted public meetings at the Fire Rock Navajo Casino in Church Rock.

During those meetings, the public was informed about the growing feral livestock crisis and deteriorating land conditions on the Navajo Nation as reasons why the tribe's grazing act needs updating.

The agriculture department also collected public comments and suggestions during the 2012 meetings.


What: Public hearing for the proposed Navajo Rangeland Improvement Act of 2014

When: 9 a.m. Monday

Where: Diné College gymnasium, Indian Route 64 and 1 Circle Drive, Tsaile, Ariz.

More info: The public hearing will stream live online at

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