Navajo Nation Council Tables Legislation Seeking to Obtain Performance and Reclamation Bonds for the Possible Acquisition of BHP Navajo Mine
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During a special session held on Monday, the
In his opening remarks to Council, legislation sponsor Council Delegate
"It does not change the intent of what we as Council voted on and that was to gain control aEuros to become a player in the energy field," stated Delegate Bates. "For 54 years, this Nation has sat on the bench and collected [royalties] and has had no say in a resource that we have a hundred years' worth of."
Gunderson said the reclamation bond, required by the
The performance bond is required by the Four Corners Power Plant to insure a source of funding in case of an interruption in the coal supply such as flooding, according to Gunderson.
The majority of Monday's discussion centered on a question raised by Council Delegate
In accordance with Navajo Nation law, a limited waiver of sovereign immunity requires two-thirds approval of Council, or sixteen supporting votes.
Delegate Begaye also opposed the requirement to have the
"These guys don't trust our courts so that's why they are wanting us to move out of Navajo Nation court and move it into
After a lengthy discussion, Council members voted 10-7 to approve a motion made by Delegate Begaye to require a two-thirds majority approval for the proposed legislation.
Immediately following the approval of Delegate Begaye's motion, Council members voted 10-7 to table Legislation No. 0367-13.
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