Navajo opposes federal bill to remove Bears Ears National Monument

Committed votes on Legislation 0015-18, which is the Navajo Nation’s opposition to the Curtis bill, which would reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument into two smaller national monuments, Shash Jaa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument. DELEGATE DAVIS FILFRED, SPONSOR OF 0015-18, says 2018 is the 150 years anniversary of the US […]

Naabik’iyati zipping through agenda

Naabik’iyati Committee votes 12-0 on Legislation 0439-17 without debste because Speaker Bates announced that they are about to lose a quorum. 0439-17 is for $100,000 for Dine’ Education Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment Development. Committee votes 13-0 on Legislation 0445-17, $1.6 million for Navajo Scholarship Office without debate. Moves to Council. Committee unanimously support $425,950 for […]

Delegate Tso: No vote means you don’t support jobs

NAABIK’IYATI COMMITTEE IS BACK TO DEBATE ON MAIN LEGISLATION 0006-17, WHICH IS TO SUPPORT COMMUNICATIONS WITH UNIONS TO KEEP NGS AND PEABODY KAYENTA MINE OPERATING PAST 2019. DELEGATE DWIGHT WITHERSPOON says unions, workers, coalition don’t need 0006-17 to lobby to keep NGS and Peabody coal mine operating past 2019. I cannot give blanket support. And […]

Delegate Tsosie: Navajo environmentalists closed NGS

NAABIK’IYATI COMMITTEE IS BACK TO DEBATE ON MAIN LEGISLATION 0006-17, WHICH IS TO SUPPORT COMMUNICATIONS WITH UNIONS TO KEEP NGS AND PEABODY KAYENTA MINE OPERATING PAST 2019. DELEGATE KEE ALLEN BEGAY questions Peabody Coal representative about why Peabody Coal charges Navajo people for coal when coal belongs to Navajo people. People are questioning why Navajo […]

Amendment to NGS bill fails

DELEGATE KEE ALLEN BEGAY says group of UMWA and NGS representatives need to keep bill simple. Keep simple. Keep legislation as is, no amendments. DELGATE LEONARD TSOSIE says by simplifying amendment and not naming all these groups then not limit other that want to join coalition, such as Page business people. My understanding is you […]

Delegate Pete: Keeping NGS operating means free coal

DELEGATE LEONARD PETE says too expensive to keep NGS open. NGS owners told Navajo that it would be cheaper to construct three power plants in Phx. they are looking for cheaper way to generate power. if unions and coalition want to keep operating then have to sell coal as cheap as possible, and maybe be […]

Unions want Navajo Nation take leadership role in keep NGS & coal mine operating

NAABI DEBATING 0006-17, COMMUNICATE WITH UNIONS TO KEEP NGS OPERATING PAST 2019 NAVAJO COUNCIL DELEGATE LEONARD TSOSIE advising the withdrawal of proposed amendment for UMWA AND IBEW to join Coaliton because Coalition has not been born yet. Withdraw amendment and amend main bill to state that support groups that support keeping NGS and Kayenta coal […]

Navajo Council Naabik’iyati debating bill to keep NGS operating past 2019

Navajo Council Otto Tso said NGS and Peabody Kayenta Mine generated $60M for Navajo government revenues. If lose NGS and mine it will have a huge financial impact on tribal government. There’s an amendment I was asked to sponosor. Amendment to Whereas Section: UMWA and IBEW asked to join coalition to keep NGS and Kayenta […]

Bill for $200,000 for Navajo Uranium Workers Office on Naabik’iyati Jan. 17 agenda

LEGISLATION 0435-17: An Action Relating to Health, Education and Human Services, Budget and Finance, Naabik’íyáti’ and Navajo Nation Council; Approving Supplemental Funding from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance in the Amount of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000.00) to the Navajo Nation Office of Navajo Uranium Workers to Make Repairs to the Existing Modular, which is […]

Navajo Nation legislation to keep NGS operating

LEGISLATION 0006-17: An Action Relating to Naabik’íyáti’ Committee; Supporting Communications with the Unions to Maintain the Operation of Navajo Generating Station Beyond 2019, which is sponsored by Navajo Council Delegates Nathaniel Brown and Steven Begay is on the proposed Jan. 17 AGENDA of the Navajo Nation Council Naabik’iyati Committee. I wrote this story for the […]