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Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company and Guggenheim Partners Announce Closing of an $80,000,000 First Lien Credit Facility

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St. Michaels, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company (“NNOGC” or the “Company”) announced the closing on June 14, 2018 of a first lien oil & gas term loan credit facility (the “Facility”) with clients of Guggenheim Investments, a subsidiary of global asset management and investment advisory firm Guggenheim Partners.  The Company will use the proceeds to retire its Wells Fargo-led first lien credit facility and for general corporate purposes, including the future funding of anticipated Greater Aneth Field related capital expenditures.

Louis Denetsosie, President and Chief Executive Officer of NNOGC said, “The closing of this Facility is a significant step toward stabilizing NNOGC’s finances after the 2014 price decline and positions us to fully participate in the significant future development of the Greater Aneth Field.”   Mr. Denetsosie added, “We greatly appreciate the Navajo Nation’s support and the Wells Fargo-led bank group’s patience as we worked through alternatives to address the outstanding credit facility and our future capital needs.”

Guggenheim Corporate Funding, LLC will serve as administrative agent and collateral agent for the Facility. KeyBanc Capital Markets, LLC served as the Company’s financial advisor and sole placement agent.

About Navajo Nation Oil & Gas Company

Navajo Nation Oil & Gas Company is a federally incorporated oil and gas company wholly owned by the Navajo Nation. NNOGC has more than 80 employees with headquarters in St. Michaels, Ariz., and operations in New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. NNOGC owns and operates oil and natural gas interests, primarily in the San Juan Basin in New Mexico and the Greater Aneth, Tohonadla and Desert Creek fields in southeast Utah. The company also operates the Running Horse Pipeline in southeast Utah and northwest New Mexico and gas stations on the Navajo Nation under the Navajo Petroleum and Chevron brands.  NNOGC was established as a federally chartered Section 17 Corporation under authority granted by the Navajo Nation Council and began operations in 1998.

About Guggenheim Investments

Guggenheim Investments is the global asset management and investment advisory division of Guggenheim Partners, with more than $246 billion[1] in total assets across fixed income, equity, and alternative strategies. It focuses on the return and risk needs of insurance companies, corporate and public pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations, consultants, wealth managers, and high-net-worth investors. Its 300+ investment professionals perform rigorous research to understand market trends and identify undervalued opportunities in areas that are often complex and underfollowed. This approach to investment management has enabled Guggenheim Investments to deliver innovative strategies providing diversification opportunities and attractive long-term results.


Indigenous Solutions with support from the Nation Nation presents

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When:      Saturday, August 11th, 2018  12-6pm
Where:     Chinle Community Center – US-191, Chinle, Arizona 86503.
Contact:   Elena Higgins 505-795-2543 and Lorna Barreras 505-236-9443
Cost: Sliding $5-$10 general admission and $3 elders and under 12 years
All are invited to experience the inaugural Indigenous Solutions Festival on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 in Chinle, Arizona at the Chinle Community Center from 12-6pm.


The Festival is featuring local and national celebrities. The Festival experience includes activities that enrich the lives of indigenous communities. 
Three years in the making, Indigenous Solutions has collaborated with the Navajo Nation, local and national musicians, artists, Deaf motivational speakers, ASL interpreters, health organizations and businesses to highlight native culture and promote healing through storytelling, comedy, food, music and community. 


The resilience of the Diné is perpetual. We’re gathering a festival to share the beauty and blessings of survival, strength and remembering our ways. The Festival will happen in historic Chinle nestled among the sacred rocks of this spiritual center of the Navajo nation. 
Featured artists:
Ernie Tsosie, award-winning actor, comedian, and motivational speaker has worked in films, television, theatre, stand-up comedy and radio, as well as in Native American events, communities, schools and wellness programs. Ernie is proud to be a sober and drug free Native American performer, presenter and role model as a sober, drug-free husband, father and Native American man.
Radmilla Cody a GRAMMY Nominee, multiple Native American Music Awards winner, 46th Miss Navajo Nation, one of NPR’s 50 great voices, a Black History Maker Honoree, and an advocate against domestic abuse and violence. Miss Cody is of the Tla’a’schi’i'(Red Bottom People) clan and is born for the Naahilii (African-Americans).
Indigie Femme the multi award winning duo’s music has been described as, “A twist of world beats lavish the acoustic folk duo who tap into their indigenous roots.” Indigie Femme’s worldly vibrations ignite the collective consciousness to bring hope and healing to Mother Earth through their powerful performances.
Lyla June is a poet, musician, human ecologist, public speaker and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre performance style has invigorated and inspired audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing. Her messages focus on Indigenous rights, supporting youth, inter-cultural healing, historical trauma and traditional land stewardship practices.
Someone’s Sister, the acoustic duo comprised of Georgia Winfree and Katherine Jones. Since their release of their début album, “Hand Me Downs”, they have traveled across the US singing and spreading their message of child abuse prevention.  Their music provides the perfect blending of rock and folk as each artist lends her own life experience to create music unlike any other.
Guest appearances:
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye was born and raised in Shiprock, New Mexico. He grew up in a small farmhouse along the San Juan River with his four brothers and four sisters. His father was a farmer and a Road Man with Azee Bee Nahaghahi. At that time, this practice was considered illegal.
James Wooden Legs, Spiritual Adviser, grew up in the Lame Deer region of the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana. Mr. Wooden Legs is of the 5th generation of his great grandfather, who fought in the Battle of Little Big Horn in Crow Agency, Montana in 1876. Mr. Wooden Legs became Deaf from a bout with spinal meningitis when he was an infant. Mr. Wooden Legs is fluent in both Plains Indian Sign Language and American Sign Language.
Colin Denny is born to Tó’aheedlíiníí (Water Flowing Together People clan) and born for Ma’ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass People clan). And as for my Paternal grandfather’s clan is T ł ‘ízí lání (Many Goat People clan). Colin Denny graduated from Dine Community College in 2016 and currently attends Gallaudet University. Mr. Denny was born Hearing and became Deaf at age 14. He is passionate about pursuing his education and plans to come back to the Navajo Nation to share his knowledge with other Dine Hard of Hearing and Deaf students who struggle with communication access with their families, in the schools, and with their friends.

Wata Revital Arieli was born and raised in Israel with a large extended family. Her grandfather was a cantor in a synagogue and passed her the love for the sacred, music, and prayer. She moved to America at age 22 and worked as an artist in New York for 7 years. Her commitment is to world peace and harmony by implementing ancient peace  principles to daily living.

Local communities to benefit from the new Lok’aah Ni Teel Shopping Center

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GANADO, Ariz. –On Wednesday, members of the 23rdNavajo Nation Council had the honor of joining local residents as the community of Ganado celebrated the grand opening of the Lok’aah Ni Teel Shopping Center located at Burnside Junction, which is approximately 40-miles west of Window Rock, Arizona. The new 35,000 square-foot building currently houses a Lowe’s Shop N’ Save, Pizza Edge, ACE Hardware, and Laundromat. A Subway will soon be added as well.

Council Delegate Seth Damon (Bááháálí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Tsé Lichíí’, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh) congratulated the Ganado Chapter and thanked his Council colleagues, Ganado Chapter officials, Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development, and others for striving to complete the project.

“Thanks to the hard work of these individuals and to my colleagues on the 23rdNavajo Nation Council, we are seeing the fruits of the Permanent Trust Fund income and now many of the local residents don’t have to travel very far for groceries or basic necessities,” said Delegate Damon.

The shopping center was one of numerous projects funded by the Permanent Trust Fund Income Five-Year Expenditure Plan in 2016, when the 23rdNavajo Nation Council approved $150 million for economic development projects, agricultural development projects, and water infrastructure development across the Navajo Nation. The expenditure plan provided $9.2 million for the shopping center.

Delegate Damon, who chairs the Budget and Finance Committee, described how he and the committee worked to develop the five-year plan, which also included various projects in the communities of Dennehotso, Shonto, Shiprock, Crownpoint, Wheatfields, and others, which will create over 100 jobs, he added.

Council Delegate Alton Joe Shepherd (Jeddito, Cornfields, Ganado, Kin Dah Lichíí, Steamboat), who represents the Ganado community, joined Ganado Chapter president Vince James in praising and thanking the family of Ethel Myers who consented to land withdrawals within the family’s grazing area to allow for the construction of the shopping center.

Delegate Shepherd also stated that the new project is a sign of progress for the community and acknowledged that more needs to be done to create more economic development for the Navajo Nation, including amending current laws and policies at the federal level that discourage companies from starting businesses on the Nation.

“As leaders, we will continue to work with congressional members because there are federal laws that need to be changed because outside companies don’t want to do business on Navajo due to dual taxation,” said Delegate Shepherd, who also thanked many past leaders who he said had a “vision” for the community and for the Nation.

Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) said the new shopping center is an example of how the 23rdNavajo Nation Council is fulfilling the priorities that were established when the current Council took office in 2015. He noted that in addition to the $150 million five-year plan the Council has also approved $180 million for major water projects across the Navajo Nation and $100 million for chapter projects.

Other guest speakers at the event included President Russell Begaye, Vice President Jonathan Nez, Ganado Chapter president Vince James, and Lowe’s Market CEO Roger Lowe, Jr. The new Lok’aah Ni Teel Shopping Center is currently open to the public.

RFP: Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company

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Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company




The Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company (Company) is seeking proposals from executive search firms with specific, successful experience in recruiting, placing, and retaining highly qualified executives in small to mid-sized oil and gas companies.  Proposals are required to be submitted no later than August 1, 2018.  The successful firm will be expected to commence services in September of 2018.  A full version of the RFP, including proposal submittal requirements, is available on the Company’s website at, under “Announcements.”  The RFP is subject to the requirements of the Navajo Business Opportunity Act, 5 N.N.C. § 201 et seq.

Now Hiring: Navajo Nation and Navajo/Apache Regions

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Now Hiring

Navajo Nation and Navajo/Apache Regions

Telecommuting Positions

Part-Time and Full-Time opportunities available


Smart Support

Arizona’s Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation System

Southwest Human Development has received funding from First Things First to design and oversee a statewide system for the provision of high quality mental health consultation to early care and education settings.


We are currently seeking experienced mental health professionals who are looking for an expanded role as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant to conduct consultation to teachers/staff in a variety of early care and education settings, including preschools, and home-based and center-based childcare centers. Consultants will collaborate with providers to enhance their understanding of and capacity to meet the behavioral/emotional/mental health needs of the children (birth to five years) and families they serve. They will also provide outreach and training for early care and education staff, community, and First Things First Regional Councils.


The ideal candidate for the Navajo Nation position will live in/around the Navajo Nation Reservation.

The ideal candidate for the Navajo/Apache position will live in/around the Navajo/Apache/Show Low/Pinetop area.


Southwest Human Development, a non-profit organization, provides high-quality services in early childhood development, child health and welfare, services for children with disabilities, training, and Head Start.  This rapidly growing agency services 80,000 children and families a year and is one of the largest non-profit human services organizations in the state.



Master’s degree that is license eligible in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy or related field and with at least 1 year post Master’s degree experience.


Preferred experience and knowledge in: working with children ages birth to five and their families; working a classroom setting and/or consulting with teachers; working in a home-visiting program; working with economically disadvantaged and culturally diverse populations, and special education procedures and the special needs of young children with disabilities and their families.  Excellent organizational skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills, basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, e-mail, Excel, etc.), and valid Arizona driver’s license.



Please specify the desired region when applying for this position.

Call 602-639-3470 or go online



Southwest Human Development offers an excellent benefits package for full-time and part-time employment including:

Health Insurance

Life Insurance


Paid vacation

Paid sick time

Navajo community still uneasy after gang members arrested

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By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Down the road from Hank Blair’s trading post in the tiny community of Lukachukai on the Navajo Nation, a sign occasionally would pop up in a corn field saying the crop was ready.

But the announcement wasn’t for corn. It was a sign that a local gang was dealing a fresh supply of cocaine and methamphetamine.

For 15 years, the Red Skin Kingz terrorized this remote section of the vast reservation near the Arizona-New Mexico border. Dealing in drugs, murder, kidnapping, arson and aggravated and sexual assaults, the gang intimidated the community where law enforcement is more than 45 minutes away on a good day.

“They were the most organized, worst people that we’ve had around here forever,” said Blair, who has owned the Totsoh Trading Post for 34 years. “It was scary.”
Now, after the recent sentencing of three high-profile gang members, including a mother and son, authorities believe they have shut down the gang that meted out a level of violence not seen by gangs on the reservation since the 1990s.

Authorities conducted more than 300 interviews in the investigation of the Red Skin Kingz, using a task force made up of tribal, state and federal officials, said Michael Caputo, an FBI assistant special agent in charge for the Arizona district. It was formed in the mid-1990s when the Navajo Nation saw an explosion of gang activity in and around its capital of Window Rock, with turf wars, drive-by shootings and retaliatory killings. The model since has expanded to other parts of Indian Country.
Navajo Nation residents, numbed to silence by a gang that raised its profile on social media and threatened people to keep them from talking to police, are encouraged but still wary.

“This investigation did cut off the head of the snake, if you will, and we took out all the main players that were involved in this gang,” Caputo said.
“Did we get everybody? Hard to say,” he said.

Lukachukai is at the base of the mountains, about 10 miles from Dine College, the first college established by an American Indian tribe in the United States. The community of about 1,700 has a boarding school, gas station, post office, the trading post and mostly scattered housing.

Community members witnessed the gang’s crimes for years, Blair said. But with the closest police district so far away, no one was sure authorities would or could make a difference, he said.

The death of a man in late 2014 was a turning point. Tim Saucedo’s family in Gallup, New Mexico, reported him missing, and authorities discovered he was shot in the chest by two gang members at a picnic area in Wheatfields Lake where they met for a drug deal. Saucedo’s body was dismembered and burned in a fire pit, according to court documents.

Federal prosecutors charged gang leader Devan Leonard and Kyle Gray in Saucedo’s death the following year, a move that Navajo Nation police Capt. Michael Henderson said helped show the community that law enforcement was paying attention.

“It started falling together, looking at all these and doing the research all the way back to the 2012 time frame,” he said.

The Red Skin Kingz didn’t match the level of gang violence in the 1990s, but the drug trafficking operation was among the most organized police have seen on the reservation, Henderson said. The planning of criminal activity centered mostly around a steamed corn business, according to court documents. Members would gain status by selling drugs, collecting debts and assaulting community members, court documents state.

The charges against the five Red Skin Kingz under a federal racketeering statute meant to combat organized crime are rare in Indian Country, prosecutors said. The other two defendants — Uriah Shay and Randall Begay — will be sentenced later this year.

Getting the community to talk was difficult because people feared retaliation. Some lived near the suspects and others are family or related by clan. Many who worked up the courage to talk would only do so anonymously, Henderson said.

Philip Sandoval Jr, the vice president of the Lukachukai Chapter, was hesitant to say anything even after Gray, Leonard and Leonard’s mother, Lucille, were sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

“You start opening your mouth and saying this and that,” Sandoval said. “You don’t know who is still out there.”
The fear wasn’t unfounded.

After Saucedo was killed, the gang kidnapped a witness and threatened to harm her child if she told anyone what happened. Gang members also stole vehicles and burned the dwelling of one of their victims because they believed the family was cooperating with law enforcement, court documents state.

Samuel Yazzie, the Lukachukai Chapter president, said that even after the arrests, some residents remain afraid, unwilling to photograph or report suspicious activity, or publicly call out suspects, he said.

“I understand, but I think that’s the way it goes,” he said this week.

Henderson can’t say for sure whether the arrests of the gang members have made the community safer. But he points to drops in the number of felony sexual assaults, homicides, robberies and aggravated assaults since the arrests in the police district that includes Lukachukai.
“It’s interesting to see those numbers,” he said.

Navajo Nation company buys partial ownership in power plant

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FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Transitional Energy Company has acquired a 7 percent ownership interest in units 4 and 5 of the Four Corners Power Plant.

NTEC purchased the partial ownership from an affiliate of Arizona Public Service, which operates the coal-fired power plant.

The energy company is owned by the Navajo Nation.

NTEC owns the Navajo Mine south of Fruitland, New Mexico.

Tribal officials say ownership of a power plant is a first for a Navajo Nation enterprise.

APS also entered into an amended and restated coal supply agreement that will govern the power plant’s fuel purchases from NTEC.

The deal gives NTEC more flexibility in the sale and purchase of coal from the Navajo Mine.

US delays decision on drilling near Great Sand Dunes park

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By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. government on Tuesday delayed a decision on a contentious proposal to allow oil and gas drilling near Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado, saying it first wants to consult with the Navajo Nation, which owns land in the area.

The Bureau of Land Management had planned to sell drilling rights on 29 square miles (74 square kilometers) of public land east of the park at a Sept. 6 auction, but Navajo officials requested a formal consultation, and the agency agreed.

The bureau said the land could still be offered at a future auction.

A spokesman for the Navajo Nation didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

The Navajo reservation — in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah — doesn’t include Colorado. But tribal President Russell Begaye told The Denver Post the Navajos consider the area near Great Sand Dunes park to be part of their ancestral lands and bought 26 square miles there last year.

“This land is sacred and the Navajo Nation will always protect the beauty and sacredness of the land,” he told the newspaper in May.

Environmental groups opposed the sale of drilling leases, saying the land is too close to the park, a wilderness area and wildlife habitat. Some warned drilling waste or spills could threaten water quality.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense they would choose this location,” said Kimberley Pope, an organizer for the Sierra Club in Colorado.
Some state and federal officials also raised questions.

Great Sand Dunes park officials were concerned about the effects drilling could have on air quality, noise and dark skies, according to Fred Bunch, the park’s chief of resource management, who submitted written comments to the Bureau of Land Management about the potential sale.

The bureau oversees the sale of minerals under most federal land.

The Colorado land under consideration for drilling is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) south of Denver and reaches to within a mile (1.6 kilometers) of the park’s eastern boundary. The sand dunes are about 4½ miles (7 kilometers) west, but mountains stand between the potential drilling sites and the dunes.

The park says its dunes are the tallest in North America, some more than 700 feet (213 meters) high. The dunes cover 30 square miles (78 square kilometers).
The move comes amid a push by the Trump administration to rein in environmental regulations and quicken the pace of mineral sales on public land.

The Western Energy Alliance, which represents the oil and gas industry, said the Bureau of Land Management should complete the consultation with the Navajos quickly and put the rights up for auction soon.

Kathleen Sgamma, president of the alliance, said the land isn’t near the Navajo Nation, and drilling would be done in a way that protects culturally important features.
“Of course, the leases are on the other side of a mountain range, so they would not impact the Great Sand Dunes National Park either,” she said.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper had asked federal officials to listen to the Navajos’ concerns and was pleased that they did, spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said.
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Navajo Nation urges expansion of radiation exposure law

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SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — From the end of World War II to the mid-1980s, about 30 million ton of uranium ore were extracted from lands belonging to the nation’s largest American Indian reservation. Today, across the Navajo Nation, sit dozens of abandoned uranium mines and the high risk to residents of contamination exposure.
Now, the Navajo Nation is urging the U.S. Congress to expand a federal law that compensates people who were exposed to radiation resulting from nuclear bomb tests stemming from the Cold War.

Currently, the law only covers people who lived downwind from nuclear test sites in Nevada, Arizona and Utah, as well as workers in the uranium mining industry in a dozen states. But the tribe says it’s time for Navajo Nation workers after 1971 to be included.

“Many members of the federal government are not aware of the effects uranium mining has had on Navajo people,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said. “They don’t see the consequences of radiation exposure.”

Most claims under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act come from the Four Corners region where New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah meet. Proposed amendments would expand the cutoff for uranium mining workers from 1971 to 1990.

Navajo officials say those workers were exposed to the same harmful conditions.

The push by the Navajo Nation comes as residents of the New Mexico village of Tularosa near the site of the world’s first atomic bomb test also want to be covered under the law. The Tularosa Basin Downwinders and Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez testified before a U.S. Senate committee last month examining potential changes to the law.

A bill proposed by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico would expand eligibility for payouts under the Radiation Exposure and Compensation Act of 1990.
Tina Cordova, co-founder of the Tularosa consortium, said many who lived in the area weren’t told about the dangers of the first atom bomb test, known as the Trinity Test, on generations of residents and later were diagnosed with rare forms of cancer.

Scientists working in Los Alamos developed the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project, which provided enriched uranium for the weapon. The secret program also involved facilities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington.

The bomb was tested in a stretch of desert near towns with Hispanic and Native American populations.

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