THE NAVAJO COUNCIL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE IS DEBATING LEGISLATION 104-14, WHICH WOULD RESCIND THE RDC’S DECEMBER 2013 ACTION THAT CREATED AN RDC SUBCOMMITTEE TO WORK WITH HRI ON A DRAFT AGREEMENT BETWEEN HRI AND NAVAJO NATION FOR CONSTRUCTION ON IN-SITU URANIUM MINING DEMONSTRATION PROJECT NEAR CHURCH ROCK, NM
DELEGATE EDMUND YAZZIE
I support this legislation. As delegates we know what is happening among our constituents. and i am talking about community members from church rock.
everyday i return to my communities. and i would not dare to sponsor legislation that impacts a community that opposes the intent of legislation.
i’m not going to ask for pity. i’m thinking of kids. we always take risks for money. but in the right way we cud make money. this is a big risk if it continues on.
what if goes on and something happens when pipe bursts. HRI can’t testify that there will never be a pipe bursting in the ground. HRI claims in-situ uranium mining safe and they wine and dine people and say that. under church rock is water that is so precious.
and we talk about HRI suing us. what else is new?
we have in writing by our legal people that what RDC did in December 2013 is inconsistent with Navajo law.
And if you read transcript of RDC December 2013, you will understand that the way that the earlier legislation was passed is questionable.
And Delgate Leonard Pete says that white man killed us but are we going to allow that to happen again and just lay there? WE had chance to oppose when uranium first came to reservation but we didn’t. but we can now.
And these young kids that are in Council chamber will be here on the reservation after we leave and so we need to support this legislation for them.
Why can’t URI/HRI understand that Council said No to uranium several years ago. It’s because of their greed.
Let the uranium stay in the ground. Why are we going to disturb it again. It’s our thoughts daily wen go to Chruch Rock and Pinedale.