Navajo lawmakers take up energy-related bills

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Navajo lawmakers take up energy-related bills

CREATED Oct. 16, 2013

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - A special session of the Navajo Nation Council focuses on one of the tribe's most abundant natural resources - coal.
   
Lawmakers are scheduled to vote on two energy-related bills Wednesday. One would invest money in a company the tribe formed to purchase a coal mine in northwestern New Mexico. The other updates the tribe's energy policy that includes support for clean coal technology.
   
Coal and the power plants it feeds make up a significant portion of the tribe's general fund.
   
Navajo President Ben Shelly has said that lawmakers' approval of the energy policy is a prerequisite for him supporting the purchase of the Navajo Mine from BHP Billiton.
   
The special session takes places in Window Rock and will be streamed live online.

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