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Naabi very concerned about Navajo Oil & Gas Company
July 31, 2014 Professional Journal

Here at Naabik’iyati Committee, where Delegates recommending additions to its Committee agenda.

DELEGATE KATHERINE BENALLY
The US Housing & Urban Development’s deadline for Navajo Housing Authority to return federal funds was Friday, Aug. 29 and so Naabi needs an update of what happened from the Navajo Washington, DC, office.

DELEGATE LEONARD TSOSIE
We also need a report from tribal DC office on federal legislation that would “PUNISH” the Navajo Nation because it looks like Congress will be approving it.

DELEGATE ALTON SHEPHERD
We need discussion on Navajo Oil and Gas Company and the legal issue surrounding it, especially the Council’s confirmation of new Board members and the company’s charter.

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON PRO TEMP BATES
We cud add as report but there might not be enough time to gather all the information that is being requested or add to agenda and have written report submitted to Committee later.

DELEGATE SHEPHERD
I support written report.

CHAIRPERSON PRO TEMP BATES
special council session Aug. 11 and so cud have written report then and have on Council agenda.

DELEGATE SHEPHERD
I agree.

DELEGATE MEL R. BEGAY
i support Shepherd’s request regarding Navajo Oil & Gas. As a Navajo Oil and Gas Shareholders Committee, we are preparing a report for presentation to Council.

DELEGATE LEONARD TSOSIE
When we passed charter amendment for Navajo Oil & Gas, it was not sent to President Shelly, which is why he sent letter to Interior Secretary objecting to Council’s action on amended Charter. And so I want info on the legal research by Chief Legislative Counsel

I also want to have info on why Shareholders and former President Zah sued Navajo Oil and Gas. And it appears that some of shareholders received campaign financial support and other financial support. And perhaps it might result in an investigation.

DELEGATE MEL BEGAY
I want legislative staff to keep track of threats, accusations.

DELEGATE RUSSELL BEGAYE
My request for Navajo Supreme Court decision regarding Navajo Oil and Gas which appears to over-ride Council actions, because Supreme Court decision being applied to other enterprises, such as Navajo Transitional Energy Corporation, where NTEC being told that Shareholders have no authority over NTEC. Also payments made in the last few months to Board members that is way beyond what is allowed. Lastly, a conflict of interest of Paul Frye Law Firm in representing these various conflicting bodies.

DELEGATE TSOSIE
also look into other law firms, such as Barnhouse, and lobbyists, which involved the expenditures of a large amount of Navajo Oil and Gas funds.

DELEGATE K. BENALLY
i have question. chapters have asked for audience with Naabi?

CHAIRPERSON PRO TEMP BATES
I attended Navajo Wide Chapter Conference and I will be meeting with Navajo division of community development director leonard chee on that request.

11 in favor, 0 opposed Vote on adopting agenda

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