HERE AT NAVAJO COUNCIL WORK SESSION ON LEGISLATON 0367-13 RELATED TO TRIBAL GOVERNMENT TAKE OVER OF BHP COAL MINING OPERATIONS VIA NAVAJO TRANSITIONAL ENERGY COMPANY.
DELEGATE DUANE TSINGINE
This is a huge venture and I wish the future council had made trail for us but that didn’t happen. So it is time for us to become corporate. Our students are learning how to do that and also to run government. It’s live and learn and it’s risky. I want to know, are we setting aside all sovereign immunity or portion. I know for business venture there neds to be some waiver. Public saying that mines from 60s and 70s have not cleaned up mining. But Attorney General Tsosie said it is being cleaned up. So who is paying for clean up and who is doing the clean up.
And how does the Kerr McGee case become involved in this? Are there assurances that there will be clean up if mine closes down. And not sure if need executive session.
DELEGATE KENNTH MARYBOY
We are bureaucrats and we don’t know how to run a business. Talking $1 billion dollars. Yeah exciting thing to go into business venture but there is too much risk and money involved.
DELEGATE LORENZO CURLEY
There are still many unanswered questions over money, profit, insurance. How much money is really involved? I ask Attorney General Tsosie about performance bond and insurance: what kind of dispute wud we have, wud they have with us in the event we have to use insurance and I understand that is why there is Legislation 0367-13 and waive sovereign immunity.