Here at Joint meeting of Budget and Finance Committee and Resources & Development Committee which has been debating amendments to Navajo Nation Road Fund Regulations since they started their joint meeting which was about 1:20 pm today.
The Council chamber has quite a few employees of Navajo Department of Transportation.
DELEGATE DANNY SIMPSON, B&F COMMITTEE MEMBER
CHAVEZ JOHN, USE OF CDBG MONEY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE?
It can be used for interior of Navajo Reservation and we work with nine utility companies. The only thing that stops development in Eastern Navajo is checkboard jurisdiction. We need to address right-of-ways.
DELEGATE WALTER PHELPS
It appears that we are fighting over roads. But need is there and resources inadequate and on state and federal side, funding shrinking so address how increase resources we have and expand opportunities. I’m thinking about two areas and not new. I think Navajo Nation has a tremendous resource, untapped and don’t know what waiting on, who waiting on, and why waiting. Navajo has tremendous gravel to use ourselves and export.
The other is strengthening our sovereignty. WE pay state for licenses, tags on license plates. Is that an area for potential revenues? I got my plates from Az and special license that says Navajo Nation. And that makes me feel good but Az way of making us feel good. We shud take under our control and exercising our sovereignty. But I don’t know costs.
DELEGATE LEONARD TSOSIE
Put the issue of removing set aside percentages for Trust Fund before the people. Make it part of the election.