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December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Navajo President Pushes NW New Mexico Water Project
(2007-07-17)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The President of the Navajo Nation is urging Congressional approval and funding of the one billion dollar San Juan River water Settlement, that would pipe water from the Animas La Plata Project to the reservation.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Navajo President Joe Shirley's comments came as part of his State of the Navajo Nation address, delivered to the Summer Session of the Navajo Council which began meeting this week.
SHIRLEY: AS YOU KNOW VERY WELL, HUNDREDS OF THE 80,000 NAVAJO MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN WHO LIVE WITHIN THE PROJECT SERVICE AREA ARE HAULING WATER IN THE BACKS OF THEIR PICKUP TRUCKS FOR DRINKING, COOKING, WASHING AND LIVESTOCK. ALTHOUGH CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT WILL NOT ELIMINATE ALL WATER HAULING ON OUR LAND, THIS PROJECT WILL DELIVER WATER TO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE IT NOW.
Newly appointed Bureau of Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Carl Artman also addressed the tribla council.
He told them many of the nation's basic needs including jails, schools, infrastructure and water, must be dealt with.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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