Senate bill seen as friendly to Navajo mining interests

Navajo officials applauded a Senate committee’s approval this week of an energy bill that includes provisions making it easier for the Navajo Nation to sign leases for mining on its lands. The bill, which covers a wide range of tribal energy-development issues, is an important step toward self-determination for the Navajo, who will use it to build a sustainable economy, a spokesman for the tribe said.

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