May 22, 2012
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(Editor's note: The following letter was sent to Navajo Nation Speaker Johnny Naize on May 14.)Dear Speaker Naize:I am writing in my capacity as the Nation's chief legal officer, and the person charged by the Navajo Nation Code with responsibility for all legal matters in which the Navajo Nation government has an interest, to state publicly my support for the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado Water Rights Settlement Agreement. I believe that the Navajo Nation Council must move as expeditiously as possible - recognizing the need for the Council delegates to receive a full briefing on the settlement and have adequate time for careful deliberation - to consider whether to approve the Settlement Agreement. I urge you to do everything in your power to make the introduction of legislation to approve the Settlement Agreement a high priority for the Council.