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Navajo Nation Council Pushes back in Remington Deal

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Navajo Nation Council members respond to reports of Remington proposal 

Read Remington bid provides insight into US tribe’s aspirations

WINDOW ROCK– Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) and members of the Budget and Finance Committeeon Wednesday, issued the following statements regarding reports over a proposal submitted for the possible acquisition of Remington – a manufacturer of firearms and ammunition.

Statement from Speaker LoRenzo Bates – 23rdNavajo Nation Council:

“This proposal regarding Remington was brought forth by the Office of the Controller – under the Executive Branch – and presented to the Síhasin Fund Subcommittee, the Budget and Finance Committee, and officials within President Russell Begaye’s Administration. The Controller recommended to initiate discussions with Remington and to begin the due diligence on Navajo involvement.

The President is wrong in his accusations against Council members. In fact, President Begaye’s Administration was directly involved in discussions – whether or not his staff communicated with him is not the problem of the Council, but it is a problem within his own office.”

Statement from Council Delegate Seth Damon – Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee:

“To be clear, there was no discussion or consideration of using funds from the Permanent Trust Fund, as reported. The committee discussed this proposal with the Controller as an economic initiative with the potential of bringing potentially thousands of needed jobs to the Navajo Nation. We have so many people who need and want jobs and that’s what this discussion centered on.”

Statement from Council Delegate Leonard Tsosie – Chair of the Síhasin Fund Subcommittee:

“The Russell Begaye Administration has no economic development plan to bring large scale employment to the Navajo Nation, so the Council and Committees are taking the initiative to discuss possible ventures to help our unemployed Navajo people. The Subcommittee has not had any formal investments on a so-called ‘deal.’ Delegates talk about many different subjects, including Remington. When these matters become legislation, the Navajo public will know.”

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Remington bid provides insight into US tribe’s aspirations

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Remington management has turned down an offer by one of the largest American Indian tribes in the U.S. to buy the storied gun maker as the company rebuilds itself after emerging from bankruptcy.

The Navajo Nation submitted a bid in May, offering between $475 million and $525 million. The tribe planned to pay cash.

A columnist with The New York Times was first to report on the bid Monday.

The Navajos had proposed shifting away from public consumers to police and defense contracts. Profits would then be invested in research and development of “smart guns” — those outfitted with technology to ensure they can only be used by their owners.

To address high unemployment, Navajo leaders have long sought to bring manufacturing jobs to the reservation, which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

A Bear Totem Gift: Bears Ears Blessing Coming to SLC

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Utah DinéBikéyah

– a non-profit supporting Native Tribes working together to Protect Bears Ears

(385) 202-4954

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***Media Advisory***

A Bear Totem Gift: Bears Ears Blessing Coming to SLC

For Immediate Release: July 17, 2018

Contact – Braidan Weeks: (801) 372-6438

Alastair Bitsóí: (917) 202-8308


July 19th at 6pm


Urban Indian Center, 120 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City


Local tribal leaders welcome representatives from the Lummi Nation at the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake. The Lummi Nation will bring with them a 9-foot tall and 3-foot wide Bear Totem, which weighs over a ton. While the totem is a gift to the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, it also comes with healing properties and shows symbolic support for the restoration of Bears Ears National Monument. After Salt Lake City, the Bear Totem will continue its journey to Bears Ears for the 2018 Bears Ears Summer Gathering, July 20-22, at the Bears Ears Meadow.


The Lummi People believe that totems bring healing to those on its journey and blesses those who touch it. Those in attendance will be invited by the tribal leaders to touch the totem and offer their blessings. Following the blessing, representatives from Goshute, Shoshone, and Ute will address attendees about unity, healing, and ongoing protection of ancestral lands. Attendance is expected to be over 75 people, lots of food, music, and special totem t-shirts will be shared. A community, potluck-style dinner will follow the blessing. The theme of the 2018 Summer Gathering at the Bears Ears meadow was determined by this act of kindness, beauty, and grace, #BearsEarsHeals2018.

Pictures and video are encouraged throughout the event.

6 p.m. – Event Start

6:30 p.m. Welcome and statements from Lummi and local Tribal Leaders

7 p.m. – Press follow-up & leader availability


Alastair Lee Bitsóí, MPH

Communications Director

Utah Diné Bikéyah

(917) 202-8308 (c)

Tribe begins negotiations with possible new coal plant owner

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D0132B Navajo Generating Station, a 2250 megawatt coal-fired power plant located on the Navajo Indian Reservation near Page, Arizona

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Leaders from the Navajo Nation say they’ve begun negotiations with a potential new owner of a coal-fired power plant on their land.

The Navajo Generating Station near Page is scheduled to shut down in December 2019.

The plant’s coal supplier has been leading an effort to find a new owner.

Navajo President Russell Begaye says the tribe is negotiating with New York-based Avenue Capital for ownership and one of its subsidiaries, Middle River Power, as an operator.

Begaye told lawmakers Monday that an agreement could be ready for them to consider by October. He acknowledged it’s an ambitious timeframe for a process that generally takes years.

Environmental groups have said the coal plant is not worth saving and have urged tribal officials to focus on renewable energy projects.

Discussion to focus on Native American voting rights

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Access and barriers to the political process across Indian Country will be the focus of an upcoming discussion in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chair of Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will be leading Tuesday’s conversation about Native American voting rights.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, representatives with the National Congress of American Indians, the Native American Rights Fund and top election managers from New Mexico will be among those participating.

Earlier this year, the Native American Voting Rights Coalition held a field hearing in Albuquerque at which people shared their experiences with voter registration and voting in federal, state and local non-tribal elections.

The group has been working to document the needs and challenges faced by Native American voters and to identify successes that can be replicated.

Annual horse ride honors past Navajo Nation leaders

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation lawmakers gathering for the start of their weeklong summer session were greeted by a small group of horseback riders.

The annual tradition honors past tribal leaders who traveled by horse or wagon to gather input from their communities on the way to the tribal capital. Several people rode in Sunday and Monday.

Council delegate Walter Phelps led a group from Cameron. Delegate Steven Begay led another group from Tohatchi, New Mexico.

The legislative session in Window Rock begins Monday with an address from the tribal president and other reports.
Lawmakers begin considering bills Tuesday. The session is scheduled to end Friday.

Ex-Navajo police officer gets 16 years for fatal DUI cash

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PHOENIX (AP) — A 31-year-old former Navajo Nation police officer has been sentenced to 16 years for a fatal DUI crash.

Kevin Richard Hevel was sentenced Friday by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge after previously pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the 2017 death of 61-year-old Peter Rankin.

Rankin was killed while bicycling after Hevel drove off a street and onto a sidewalk. Hevel then drove off before colliding with a marked police car.

The County Attorney’s Office said Hevel told police that he had “a lot to drink” and was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.235, or nearly three times Arizona’s presumed limit of 0.08.

Hevel was fired several days after the collision.

The Navajo Nation said he had worked for the police department for 10 years.

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