Bill to force non-Indian input into Navajo deal pulled
Wednesday, February 4, 2004

A proposed memorial to re-open the Navajo Nation's water settlement with the state of New Mexico and the federal government was pulled on Tuesday.

Lawmakers said they wanted more non-Indians to be included. But Navajo leaders objected, saying there was plenty of time for public comment.

Navajo Nation attorney general Louis Denetsosie also said the March 1 timeline to push for Congressional approval is not solid. He said the deal gives Congress until 2006 to act.

Under the deal, the tribe would get 322,000 acre-feet a year and $900 million in public works projects, including a water pipeline.

Documents relating to the deal can be found at

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Navajo water memorial pulled (The Farmington Daily Times 2/4)

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