Obama signs Bennett Freeze repeal

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The Bennett Freeze is now history.

On May 8, President Barack Obama signed a law repealing the Bennett Freeze, thus setting the stage for the Navajos to begin seeking federal funding to rehabilitate an area larger than the state of Delaware that has had no significant development for four decades.

Obama released no statement in signing the bill but Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., who sponsored the bill in the House, said it was about time that the federal government start addressing the problems caused by the freeze, which prevented Navajos on roughly 1.5 million acres around Tuba City from developing their communities or, in many cases, from even keeping their houses in repair



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