DEVELOPING: Sen. John McCain and Jon Kyl coming to the Navajo Nation
Weekly Edition | April 3rd | By: NP-Staff
Tuba City, Ariz. – According to sources in Window Rock, Senators Jon Kyl (R- AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ) are coming to Tuba City on Thursday, April 5, 2012, to visit the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribal leaders to speak about the Treaty-guaranteed priority Water Rights and a possible, come to what is being described as a “Settlement Agreement”
Critics of the bill say it was written to benefit some of the most powerful mining and energy corporations in the Southwest and will close the door forever on Navajo and Hopi food and water sovereignty, security and self-reliance.
According to information released about the alleged meeting, it said “Senate Bill 2109 –the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012: Parts of S.2109 asks the Navajo and Hopi peoples to waive their priority Water Rights to the surface waters of the Little Colorado River ‘from time immemorial and thereafter, forever’ in return for the shallow promise of uncertain federal appropriations to supply minimal amounts of drinking water to a handful of reservation communities.”
Navajo President Ben Shelly will hold several public forums about the bill that was proposes to settle Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe water rights throughout the Navajo Nation from April 17th to April 26th.
“We need to make sure our Navajo people are informed about this bill. Water rights is always a sensitive subject, so as a leader, I must make sure our people understand what this bill means to our people,” said President Shelly.
The Navajo President also added, If the bill passes through both Congressional bodies, it would still need the approval of President Barack Obama, the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe before it’s finalized.
Senator John McCain and John Kyl were not available for comment nor could their office confirm the alleged meeting in Tuba City on April 5th with surrounding Tribal Nations in Arizona. The bill was introduced by Kyl and McCain on February 14, 2012.