Navajo Nation women's shelter stays unfinished amid legal feud
A women's shelter on the Navajo Nation remains unfinished amid a dispute over land ownership and a business contract.

The Shiprock Home for Women and Children is 80 percent complete. But it could lose $1.4 million in funds from New Mexico if work doesn't resume soon.

"The project must be started by the third or fourth week of December to use the money by May," Brian Lewis, an attorney for the tribe, said at a tribal court hearing, The Farmington Daily Times.

The tribe claims it owns the property where the shelter is located. The tribe also says it has a right to revoke a contract with RJN Construction, a Colorado company that was building the shelter.

The entire facility will cost $6 million and house 14 adults and 84 children who need help in domestic violence situations.

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Navajo legal case brings out ownership disputes (The Farmington Daily Times 12/1)