Native American Issues

The Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA), and Blanding City have entered into an agreement to provide essential electrical service to homes in the Westwater Village, a small Navajo Nation community which currently has no electric service.  The...
The San Juan County Commission approved work on the West Summit road, accepted the resignation of County Clerk/Auditor John David Nielson, and provided comment on a mining remediation project near Fry Canyon at their July 6 meeting. On July 6, Commissioners approved a bid for work on West Summit...
The Navajo Utah Commission received a report on a proposed shopping center, ongoing building projects, and an update on educational opportunities in the Utah portion of the Navajo reservation at their June meeting. At the meeting, members of the commission heard from Nick Taylor who acts as the...
The Navajo Utah Commission discussed upcoming distribution of American Rescue Plan funds, plans to preserve the Oljato Trading Post, and Navajo veterans at their May 11 meeting. The commission received a report from the Utah State Historic Preservation Office about a restoration project at the...
Navajo Mountain, or Naatsis’áán as it’s known in Navajo, is a 10,000-foot high peak located in the southwest corner of San Juan County.  On the eastern side of the mountain lies the community of Navajo Mountain, which is one of the most isolated communities in the United States. Although the...
Members of the Navajo Utah Commission discussed roads, the Red Mesa solar farm and a new post office in Montezuma Creek at their April 13 meeting. The commission passed a resolution in support of the Diné: Atiin Bahane: Navajo Road Emergence – Navajo Nation Whitepaper of 2021. The document attempts...
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland credit: US House of Representatives
New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland was confirmed as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior by the US Senate on March 15 by a vote of 51-40. Secretary Haaland, an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo, will be the first Native American to serve in a cabinet-level position. Haaland...
Distribution of goods, hunting agreements, and support of special counsel to the Utah Governor were all items discussed at the February 9 meeting of the Navajo Utah Commission. Members of the commission received a report from Pearl Yellowman, of the Navajo Nation Division of Community Development....
The Navajo Utah Commission was visited by Navajo Nation President Johnathan Nez at their January 20 meeting. Nez briefly spoke with the commission telling them his office looks forward to bringing Utah Diné priorities to new administrations in Utah, as well as in Washington, DC. The Navajo Utah...
As part of the omnibus bill passed on December 21, Congress passed the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act. The bill was sponsored by Utah Senator Mitt Romney with support in the House from all members of Utah’s delegation, but especially from Representatives Rob Bishop, John Curtis and Ben...

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