November 24, 2010

Second vote revives Navajo wind project

Associated Press, 23 November 2010

Navajo lawmakers overturned a presidential veto of a wind energy project in Cameron, Ariz., hours after the override failed.

The initial vote narrowly failed during a special legislative session Tuesday in Window Rock. It was recalled later in the day and passed 64-8.

Raymond Maxx co-sponsored the measure. He says the project is important in moving the tribe toward an economy that focuses on renewable energy.

Tribal President Joe Shirley Jr. had vetoed it, saying it wouldn’t give the tribe a controlling interest and lacked required reviews.

But he says he was most troubled by a statement made on the council floor by a lawmaker, who said he was offered a bribe to support the project.

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