Mar 11, 2017

Navajo Generating Station to close

Navajo Generating Station is scheduled to close in 2019.  (here)  Two big questions:  

  1. About 50-60% of Navajo Nation revenues comes from mineral royalties from Peabody-NGS.  Is the Navajo Nation ready for this loss in revenues?  Is there going to be a massive tribal employee layoff just to keep the Nation in operation?  
  2. The Navajo Hopi Land Settlement Act of 1974 was passed by the Federal Government to remove thousands of Navajo families from the Navajo-Hopi Joint Use Area so the corporate interest (Peabody) could mine the coal.  Now that there is no longer a need to mine coal, are the removed Navajos going to get their ancestral lands back?  Will we migrate back to nihi chei bikeiya by the masses and reclaim our land back? 
Bravo to economics!

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