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Navajo Nation council to vote on water settlement


The Navajo Nation Council is set to vote on a costly water settlement that would settle the tribe's claims on the San Juan River.

According to The Farmington Daily Times, a provision to provide $372.8 million for the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project was removed. This means the settlement should run less than $900 million.

Key lawmakers, including Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico), have opposed the high cost of the deal. Domenici insisted that the irrigation project be removed. He also told the Navajos that the settlement must include a $564.6 million pipeline to Gallup, a non-reservation community.

The deal was reached by the tribe, the state of New Mexico and the federal government.

Get the Story:
Navajo Council to vote on water settlement (The Farmington Daily Times 12/14)

Relevant Links:
Navajo Nation - http://www.navajo.org

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