GALLUP — Navajo Nation leaders highlighted points they need addressed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs throughout conferences with Gregory Mehojah, the brand new director of the BIA Navajo Regional Workplace.

Mehojah visited Window Rock, Arizona on Aug. 31 after the federal company named him regional director on Aug. 29.

“I’m very a lot trying ahead to my tenure because the regional director for the Navajo area,” Mehojah mentioned to Navajo Nation Council delegates throughout a particular assembly of Naa’bik’íyáti’ Committee.

There are 12 regional workplaces underneath the BIA and every workplace administers program providers to federally acknowledged tribes, whether or not instantly or by way of contracts, grants or compacts.

Every regional workplace is headed by a regional director who’s answerable for all company actions, besides training, regulation enforcement and capabilities of an administrative nature, in line with the BIA.

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Mehojah is a member of the Kaw Nation in Oklahoma. All through his profession with the BIA, he has been an legal professional within the company’s Southwest Area in Albuquerque and has overseen numerous workplaces within the company.

He informed delegates that his authorized work contains the repatriation of cultural objects saved at museums in overseas nations and that he’s educated about federal Indian regulation, pure sources regulation and federal Indian reserved water rights.

He talked about that his father is a former Bureau of Indian Training director and his grandfather was a BIA superintendent for the Fort Corridor Company in Idaho.

“We have now an extended tenure of serving Indian communities. It is one thing that we maintain pricey and that we’re very happy with,” Mehojah mentioned.

Whereas some council delegates requested one-to-one conferences with Mehojah, Delegate Nathaniel Brown requested him to submit plans and priorities for his first 100 days in workplace.

“I am to see the kind of coaching and abilities which you could convey to the workplace,” Brown mentioned.

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Different delegates known as for furthering dialogue between the tribal authorities and the federal company.

Delegate Mark Freeland requested to fulfill with Mehojah to debate issues that concern the eight chapters he represents within the Japanese Company.

He defined that land is the most important subject the chapters face as a result of it’s difficult to acquire right-of-way as the realm is comprised of 23 land statuses.

The opposite concern is pure sources and vitality growth as a result of allotted land is underneath the supervision of the BIA, Freeland mentioned.

Delegate Daniel E. Tso known as for assist to revive Bears Ears Nationwide Monument in southeastern Utah to its authentic measurement of 1,351,849 acres and for the safety of allotted land outdoors the safety zone at Chaco Canyon from oil and fuel developments, when requested by allottees.

Mehojah met with tribal President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer at their workplace in Window Rock.

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Nez and Lizer spoke to Mehojah about a number of points, ranging in subjects however together with right-of-way clearances, public security services, highway upkeep and forest administration.

Mehojah replaces Bartholomew Stevens as regional director. Stevens is now the deputy bureau director for the BIA’s area operations in Albuquerque.

“We hope to construct off of the progress we have made working along with Mr. Stevens the previous couple of years on right-of-way issues, land standing points and plenty of different priorities. There’s a lot work nonetheless to be accomplished and we glance to Mr. Mehojah to be a robust accomplice to maneuver us ahead,” Nez mentioned in a press launch.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Day by day Instances. She might be reached at 505-564-4636 or by e-mail at

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