Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, Acting Assistant Attorney General Sam Hirsch to Join Navajo Nation Tribal Leaders & Members to Announce Multi-Million Dollar Settlement in Historic Signing Ceremony at Window Rock
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with tribal nations and fulfill federal trust obligations, on Friday, September 26, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn and Acting Assistant Attorney General Sam Hirsch of the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division will join Navajo Nation tribal leaders and members to announce a major tribal trust accounting settlement.
The announcement will be made at Window Rock Tribal Park and will include a signing ceremony. Friday's announcement marks a significant milestone in the Obama Administration's commitment to resolving tribal trust management lawsuits with Native American tribes.
The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American tribe in the United States, with more than 300,000 members. The Nation has the largest reservation in the United States, encompassing more than 27,000 square miles of land in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. The reservation includes more than 14 million acres of trust lands, which are leased for various productive uses, including farming; grazing; oil, gas, and other mineral development; businesses; rights-of-way; timber harvesting; and housing. The Navajo Nation also owns or has ownership interests in over 100 trust accounts.
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Sam Hirsch, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Kevin Washburn, U.S. Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs
Ben Shelly, President, Executive Branch, Navajo Nation
LoRenzo Bates, Speaker Pro Tempore, 22nd Navajo Nation Council
Harrison Tsosie, Attorney General, Navajo Nation
Lorenzo Curley, Trust Mismanagement Litigation Task Force Chair, Council Delegate 22nd Navajo Nation Council
Press Conference and Signing Ceremony to Announce Major Tribal Trust
Friday, September 26, 2014
10 a.m. MDT
Window Rock Tribal Park
Window Rock, Arizona 86515
Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the announcement are encouraged to RSVP HERE by September 25, 2014 at 5 p.m. MST.
This event will be live-streamed at here.