Native American Issues

Members of the Navajo Utah Commission received an update on Chapter ARPA projects, discussed elections, and passed resolutions on internet access and domestic violence at their latest meeting. During their June 14 meeting members of the Navajo Utah Commission heard reports on Primary Elections both...
Representatives from the BLM, Forest Service & the inter-tribal coalition pose after signing a co-managment agreement for the Bears Ears Monument. Pictured from left to right: Christopher Tabbee Representative Uncompahgre Ute, Malcolm Lehi, Councilman Ute Mountain Ute, Homer L. Wilkes Undersecretary Natural Resources and Environment, Tracy Stone-Manning BLM Director, Carleton Bowekaty Lt. Governor Zuni Tribe, Timothy Nuvangyaoma Hopi Tribe Chairman, Davis Filfred representing the Navajo Nation. DOI photo
Federal land agencies and tribal leadership formalized their co-management of the Bears Ears National Monument at a signing ceremony on June 18. The signing took place in White Mesa, afterwards, representatives traveled along highway 261 to unveil one of the new Bears Ears National Monument signs,...
by David Boyle News Director The State of Utah has been active working on projects in San Juan County, including at Westwater, and Navajo Mountain. Utah Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson spoke with Red Rock 92.7 FM about their work on June 6. In less than two years since taking office, the Lt. Governor...
Navajo Nation Delegate Herman Daniels Jr. of Monument Valley speaks at the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement event on May 27, while Senator Mitt Romney shakes hands with Council Delegate Rickie Nez. Delegate Daniels represents four chapters on the council including the Navajo Utahns of Oljato and Navajo Mountain. Photo Courtesy office of Navajo Nation President
Now that the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement has been finalized, Navajo Nation officials will work on how to spend the $218 million for infrastructure as well as allocate the annual allotment of 81,500 acre-feet. With around half of Utah Navajo residents living without running water, the top...
Seated from left to right Utah Governor Spencer Cox, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, and Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez sign the agreement while numerous tribal, federal and state leaders stand behind. Photo courtesy Nic Naylor, Utah Governors office
by David Boyle News Director The execution of the Utah Navajo Water Rights Settlement was completed with a signing of state, federal and tribal leaders in Monument Valley on May 27. The agreement concluded 18 years of negotiations between the parties and affirms water rights of Utah Navajos, as...
Members of the Navajo Utah Commission passed resolutions related to roads and law enforcement, received reports on transit routes, food banks, and other topics at their latest meeting. At the April 12 meeting of the Navajo Utah Commission representatives from the Utah chapters as well as members of...
Members of the Navajo Utah Commission received an update from their hired state legislative lobbyist, a report from the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), and discussed chapter manager pay at their latest meeting. Members of the Navajo Utah Commission include tribally elected Chapter...
Utah State University has finalized its first land acknowledgment statements, recognizing that USU’s facilities across the state reside on the lands of Indigenous peoples. Community leaders and the faculty who worked on the statements say they are a great first step in furthering USU’s goals of...
by David Boyle News Director Members of the Navajo Utah Commission (NUC) spent much of their meetings in January discussing priorities for the 2022 Utah State Legislative session. At their January 11 meeting, members of the Navajo Utah Commission – made up of elected Chapter Presidents and Navajo...
An update on the Navajo Utah Water Settlement Act, discussion of more than $50 million for Utah Chapter projects, and a university study on firewood were all part of the most recent Navajo Utah Commission meeting. The elected Chapter officials and Navajo Nation Council representatives who make up...

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