SANTA FE, N.M. — Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren, First Lady Jasmine Blackwater Nygren and Vice President Richelle Montoya are visiting the New Mexico Capitol today in Santa Fe.
Their first meeting was with Senate Floor Majority Leader Peter Wirth.
The president and Sen. Wirth discussed the president’s plan to reopen the Navajo Nation by lifting the mask mandate.
He said it is time for Navajos to begin to return to meetings at the local chapter house level.
They also discussed President Nygren’s plan to spend capital outlay funds from New Mexico.
Right now, there is a $15-19 million backlog and he has committed to New Mexico legislators to spend that money.
“I think you will find a very welcome reception,” Sen. Wirth said. “I think that’s a fantastic direction.”
They also discussed cross-commissioning and deputization of law enforcement officers.
The president said this is the direction the Navajo Nation needs to go for greater cooperation with the states.
“Communication is the key,” said Sen. Wirth.
Sen. Wirth advised keeping an eye on gaming and casino issues.
President Nygren asked about continued funding for behavioral health issues.
“At the end of the day I want to move things forward,” President Nygren said.
The president is scheduled to be in attendance at the Roundhouse through the day.