$2.5 million to offset federal scholarship funding shortfall

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.-In mid January, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez signed Resolution CD-97-20, approving $2.5 million from the Navajo Nation's Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance for the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Aid to provide scholarship funds for Navajo students through the Higher Education Program.

In mid December, the Navajo Area Bureau of Indian Affairs informed the Navajo Nation that no funding was available funding for the Higher Education Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior through a P.L. 93-638 contract.

In a letter sen...