Northeastern Arizona Water Rights Settlement tabled

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Last Monday, Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan requested for a special Ethics and Rules Committee meeting to discuss the agenda of a special session to consider the Northeastern Water Rights Settlement Agreement, which had been tabled by the Navajo Nation Council on Sept. 29.

The Navajo Nation Council voted to table the settlement in an effort to provide additional time for the Navajo public to become more informed about the contents of the agreement. The council also made directives for a work session and special session, which Speaker Morgan had requested on Monday.

Delegate Francis Redhouse, chair for the Ethics and Rules Committee, said in an Oct. 5 memo that the committee was not able to meet on Friday as the Speaker requested.

Redhouse stated. "It is best to meet on the regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 15 to consider the proposed request. The length of time given is not just and equitable to thoroughly inform the general public on the settlement agreement."

On Wednesday, following Redhouse's response, Speaker Morgan sent out a memorandum addressed to the Navajo Nation Council, stating in part, "Due to the complex nature of the contents and enormous impact of the agreement, it would be in the best interest of the Navajo people for the Legislative Branch to uphold the public trust and provide additional time for the general public to become better informed of the contents of the agreement before their Navajo leaders take action on Legislation No. 0422-10, the Northeastern Water Rights Settlement Agreement."

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