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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Harrison
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
02/06/06
HB 667
SHORT TITLE
TOHATCHI YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAMS
SB
ANALYST Weber
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$250.0
Recurring
General
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Duplicates SB 374
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Indian Affairs Department (IAD)
SUMMARY
House Bill 667 appropriates $250 thousand from the general fund to the Indian Affairs
Department to fund youth development programs, including the youth leadership project, at the
Tohatchi chapter of the Navajo Nation
.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $250 thousand contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general
fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 shall revert to
the general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The Indian Affairs Department has a special project with Tohatchi Fighting Back, Inc.for youth
development services which includes the areas of Tohatchi, Naschitti, Mexican Springs, Twin
Lakes and Coyote Canyon. All of these communities are in McKinley County except Naschitti
which is just north of the McKinley County boundary in San Juan County. In the past few years,
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a growing concern about crime, gang activity, and delinquency in Indian country has emerged.
This phenomenon is attributed to many risk and protective factors. For example, a recent study
of risk factors for substance abuse found that Native youths were more likely than other youths
to perceive moderate to no risk associated with substance use, to perceive their parents as not
strongly disapproving of their substance use, and to believe that all or most of the students in
their school get drunk at least once a week. Further, Native youths were less likely than other
youths to participate in youth activities or regularly attend religious services.
The bill addresses the need for positive activities, prevention and intervention programs, and
leadership development for Indian youths so they do not engage in negative activities. A youth
development and leadership program may help Indian youths by providing a positive alternative
while helping to build competencies such as critical thinking skills, respect for self, families, and
tribal communities.
Outcomes directly generated through Tohatchi Fighting Back, Inc. include the development of
the Navajo Police Athletic League, Tohatchi Youth and Boys and Girls Club, Tohatchi Little
League District, girls and boys community baseball teams; peacemaker court, safe kids program
and youth participation in the Tony Dorsett football league.
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