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Navajo Nation Washington Office

Friday 1, September 2017

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Contact: Jared King
Communications Director

For Immediate Release

Delegate Kee Allen Begay Jr. advocates for public safety in Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON—Delegate Kee Allen Begay Jr. visited Washington D.C. this week to receive updates from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs Justice Services and the Office of Tribal Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice. Delegate Begay is a member of the Law and Order Committee as well as the chairman of the Public Safety Justice Work Group for the Tribal Interior Budget Council.

On August 30, Delegate Begay met with Jason Thompson, Assistant Director of the BIA Justice Services and David Littlewind, Associate Director of BIA Justice Services. They discussed public safety issues concerning the Navajo Nation, questions about the 638 contract, and FirstNet. Also, in his capacity as Chair of the Public Safety Justice Workgroup, they discussed Tribal Interior Budget Council matters. Delegate Begay also met with Tracy Toulou, Director of the Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ) and Josh Ederheimer, Senior Law Enforcement Advisor of OTJ. They discussed corrections and FirstNet.

Delegate Begay has been very involved with FirstNet, which is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce authorized by Congress in 2012. The mission of FirstNet is to develop, build and operate a nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities. The states of Arizona and New Mexico have opted-in to the FirstNet plan, which Delegate Begay gives praise to.


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