Support our legislative efforts - advocating for the continuation of Community Wellness Projects funded by the Unhealthy Food Tax.
Yá'át'ééh relatives and friends,
Our Healthy Diné Nation Act of 2014 completed the legislative process of being renewed and reauthorized. Ahéhee', thank you to our legislative sponsors Honorable Delegates Amber Kanazbah Crotty, Otto Tso, and Mark Freeland and President Jonathan Nez, First Lady Phefelia Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer.
Since November 16th, 2020, our Legislation 0278-20 passed in favor passed in favor of the Law and Order Committee meeting, Resources and Development Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, and the Health, Education, Human Services Committee. In December 2020, the Naabik'íyáti' Committee and the Navajo Nation Council passed our Legislation 0278-20, approval and reauthorization of the Healthy Diné Nation Act of 2014. On the last day of 2020 when our Act was going to expire, President Jonathan Nez signed our resolution into law.
Background: Our “Community Wellness Development Projects Fund Management Plan” passed in April of 2015 - a special revenue account of the Healthy Diné Nation Act to ensure the unhealthy foods tax would fund Community Wellness Projects on the Navajo Nation in all 110 Navajo Chapters. Today, over $7.5 million has been raised as of 2019, funding over 1,000 projects.
Grassroots advocacy since 2011. After many years of our collective effort of the #HealthyDinéNation policy initiatives including the sister law of the Healthy Foods Sales Tax Elimination, we are continuing to address the inhumanity of food apartheid that we face on our Diné Nation and the continued presence of harmful foods and beverages that are contaminating our traditional lifeways and foodways. In this COVID-19 pandemic, many of our people are challenged by numerous vulnerabilities with pre-existing health conditions and it is imperative to continue to protect the health and well-being of our tribal citizens and community members. The dominating presence of ch’iyáán bizhool, unhealthy foods and beverages are controlling our food access points more than ever and have increased the risk, exposure, and possible contraction of the novel coronavirus Dikos Ntsaaígíí-Náhást'éíts'áadah for our people. If we are not mindful of this reality and the consequences, the outcome could be detrimental. We have a collective responsibility to steward the way forward in healing and resilience.
Stand in health solidarity with us. We are decolonizing our foodways. Let’s stand in health solidarity of healthful and nutritious food and water as life, ch’íyáán yá’át’éhégí dóó tó éí ííná át’é. Ahéhee', thank you to all who participated by sending in a public comment and/or by continually supporting our efforts.
Denisa Livingston, Mr. Danny Simpson and DCAA Advocates
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals.