Navajo Nation starts planning for use of $554M trust settlement
Leaders of the Navajo Nation are planning to dedicate a portion of a $554 million trust fund settlement to improving infrastructure on the largest reservation in the United States.
Navajo Nation Council Delegate Leonard Tsosie introduced legislation on Tuesday that calls for $101 million to be spent on large-scale water projects over a five-year period. He said he wrote the bill after hearing from tribal members across the 27,500 square-mile reservation.
"More than 80 percent of the Navajo people stated that they want infrastructure development with the trust settlement fund," Tsosie, who chairs the panel that held a series of public hearings in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, said in a press release.