Navajo may lose nearly $20 M

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WINDOW ROCK — The state of Arizona is considering recalling and recouping all outstanding grant awards made to the Navajo Nation, according to Budget and Finance Committee Chairman LoRenzo Bates.

In response, Bates introduced and received approval Wednesday from the Navajo Nation Council for emergency legislation to be sent to the state, urging the Legislature and Gov. Jan Brewer to honor the state’s outstanding commitment of grant awards and refrain from recalling the funds.

“As you all know, Arizona is in a deficit of $4 billion, and they’re making major cuts. By Council acting on this legislation, it sends a message that the Nation is taking a position — do not cut,” said Bates, who recently was appointed to serve on the Intergovernmental Relations Committee’s Task Force on State Affairs, designed to bring greater focus to the evolving priorities of the Council to state legislators.


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