Farmington lawmakers postpone discrimination pact

Farmington, New Mexico (AP) September 2010

Farmington councilors postponed action on an agreement with the Navajo Nation that outlines ways the city and the tribe can cooperate in handling discrimination complaints.

Councilors delayed approval of the agreement following requests from Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission staffers.

Mayor Tommy Roberts suggested the city add a paragraph from a Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission report saying that Farmington had progressed in race relations and should serve as a positive example to other cities bordering reservations.

He also wanted to strike wording in the agreement that he felt was repetitious.

But city councilors delayed action after requests from Navajo commission staffers that commission members be able to review the changes before councilors approve it.