Navajo Council Delegate Benally – “I hope that when a child asks for help that it touches your heart.”

(L-R) Navajo Council Delegate Dwight Witherspoon, Navajo Transportation Division administrator Bradley, and Hard Rock Chapter President Ted Johnson hit a wall called Delegate Leonard Tsosie in their effort to get remote bus route paved that goes through Hopi and Navajo Reservations. Photo by Marley Shebala. (Please provide proper photo credit when reusing photo.)

(L-R) Navajo Council Delegate Dwight Witherspoon, Navajo Transportation Division administrator Bradley, and Hard Rock Chapter President Ted Johnson hit a wall called Delegate Leonard Tsosie in their effort to get remote bus route paved that goes through Hopi and Navajo Reservations. Photo by Marley Shebala. (Please provide proper photo credit when reusing photo.)

Navajo Council Resources and Development Committee continues to debate LEGISLATION 0162-14, which is for the Navajo Nation’s acceptance of revocable permit from Hopi Tribe for preliminary studies and survey for design of paving unpaved bus route, N-8031, and bridge in remote area of Navajo Reservation where road crosses Hopi and Navajo Reservations.

SPONSOR DELEGATE DWIGHT WITHERSPOON
BIA has been telling this community that if they don’t use federal road funds that those funds will revert to BIA.

RDC MEMBER DELEGATE LEONARD TSOSIE
We are not entering into revocable permit with Hopi Tribe. They issued it. So we can say we accept for the production of preliminary studies and design and not construction.

RDC CHAIRPERSON KATHERINE BENALLY
I hope that when a child asks us for help that it touches your heart. I do. I see the bigger picture and not just Hopi.
25 miles between Kayenta and Dennehotso is paved and two hours. And this unpaved bus route forces our children to sit for hours and hours.
So i’m going to set aside my issue with Hopis.
I’m also concerned about whether no right-of-way will be approved but I will appeal to Hopi concern for children.
No more comments after me she says to Delegates Pete and Tsosie, who raise their hands.

VOTE ON 0162-14
4 IN FAVOR, 0 OPPOSED
0162-14 NOW GOES TO NAABIK’IYATI COMMITTEE

RDC ADJOURNS

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