Usually, I’ll receive an email from the Navajo Nation Legislation Services about proposed legislation that has been posted to the Navajo Nation Council’s website for the mandated five-day public comment period. But I found this proposed legislation on my own after I got a feeling that I should check the Council’s website for proposed legislation. Thank Creator that I followed my instincts.
The main sponsor of LEGISLATION 0373-13 is Council Delegate Leonard Tsosie, who is also a Resources & Development Committee member. The co-sponsor is RDC Chairperson Katherine Benally.
I’m not surprised that Tsosie is the sponsor because he was wanting to amend the Navajo Nation Energy Policy by lifting the ban on uranium mining/milling. I am surprised that Benally is the co-sponsor because during work sessions with President Shelly’s Energy Development Task Force on the Energy Policy, she was very clear about her opposition to uranium mining, milling and other activities because of the uranium legacy in her communities. Benally represents the western reservation communities of Chilchinbeto, Dennehotso and Kayenta, which is about 15 miles west of Monument Valley. Tsosie represents the eastern reservation communities of Baca-Prewitt, Casamero Lake, Counselor, Littlewater, Ojo Encino, Pueblo Pintado, Torreon and Whitehorse.
According to proposed LEGISLATION 0373-13, its was posted at 5:24 pm today, Dec. 16, 2013, and the five-day public comment period ends on Dec. 21, 2013, at 5:24 p.m. But the law also allows for public comment up until the legislation is approved.
The title for LEGISLATION 0373-13 is “AN ACTION RELATING TO RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT; ACKNOWLEDGING THE RIGHT-OF-WAY AND SURFACE USE BY URANIUM RESOURCES, INC., OF ITS CHURCHROCK PROPERTIES LICENSED BY THE U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION LICENSE NO. SUA-1580; AUTHORIZING A SUBCOMMITTEE.”
HERE IS THE WEB ADDRESS FOR PROPOSED LEGISLATION 0373-13: