Navajo Nation successfully granted Interior approval for Navajo Nation General Leasing Regulations Act of 2013

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Contact: Jared King
Communications Director
Navajo Nation Washington Office
202-200-0625
jking@nnwo.org

For Immediate Release

Navajo Nation successfully granted Interior approval for Navajo Nation General Leasing Regulations Act of 2013

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.—On Nov. 6, 2013, Navajo Nation President Shelly signed into law the Navajo Nation General Leasing Regulations Act of 2013 after the measure passed the 22nd Navajo Nation Council on Oct. 22.

On May 16, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Interior approved the Navajo Nation General Leasing Regulations Act of 2013, granting the Navajo Nation the ability to issue residential and commercial leases without the approval of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, excluding mineral and right-of-way leases.

“This is a great step forward. It is difficult to build a home or business on the Navajo Nation due to federal limitations and delays. Not only is there a dire need for housing, but there is also a great need for economic development in the Navajo Nation. This act will help streamline the process, which in turn will lead to greater prosperity for the Navajo people,” said President Shelly.

The Navajo Nation possessed similar authority for business and agricultural leases for up to 25 years without the approval of the secretary of the Interior. In July 2012, President Obama signed into law the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act, granting tribal nations the ability to lease restricted lands for homeownership and economic development. The HEARTH Act was crafted using the Navajo Nation Leasing Act of 2000.

The Navajo Nation General Leasing Regulations Act of 2013 extends Navajo leasing authority to all surface leasing on tribal lands.

“The Navajo Nation has always led the way in expanding tribal authority on tribal lands. We will always stand for more sovereignty. It is time for the federal government to go further to allow us complete control of our lands so we can develop a sustainable economy and bring much needed jobs and economic growth to the Navajo Nation,” said President Shelly.

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