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First Nations Development Institute Applauds Navajo Junk-Food Tax
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations),
a national Native American nonprofit organization that works to improve
Native economies and communities, today sent its congratulations and
appreciation to the Navajo Nation for passing – again – an increased
sales tax on junk food sold on the reservation.
added tax on junk food, as well as the elimination of sales taxes on
healthy foods, were the key legislative priorities of the Diné Community
Advocacy Alliance (DCAA). Both bills – together called the Healthy
Diné Nation Act of 2014 – were passed on January 30, 2014, but only the elimination of sales taxes on healthy foods survived and was signed into law.
first time the junk-food tax passed, it was vetoed by the Navajo Nation
president. But after the Navajo Nation Council again passed the added
tax last week, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly
today signed the legislation. With today's signing, both bills will now
be law on the Navajo Nation. Now the Navajo Nation has become the first
in the country on two fronts: 1) the first to eliminate a tax on local
fruits, vegetables and water, aiming to increase access to fresh and
healthy foods and, 2) passed a tax on junk food, including sugary
beverages sold on the reservation, with revenue aimed at supporting
health and wellness programs across the Navajo reservation.
First Nations is happy to have supported DCAA in its successful efforts.
has taken a long time, but we applaud the Diné Community Advocacy
Alliance and appreciate its persistence, patience and great effort at
getting these passed and signed, in what we believe to be the first
special junk-food tax in both the U.S. and Indian Country, which makes
it a trailblazing precedent as we attempt to address the root causes of
diet-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease
that are particularly rampant on reservations and in other Native
American communities," said First Nations President Michael E. Roberts.
"We commend DCAA and the Navajo Nation for proactively exploring
legislative efforts to combat these detrimental health issues troubling
Navajo and other Indian communities."