23rd Navajo Nation Council - Office of the Speaker
On Monday, officials with the Navajo Transitional Energy Company presented a check in the amount of $3 million to the Navajo Nation during a brief ceremony held at the Council Chamber in Window Rock. The NTEC board approved the $3 million distribution on Dec. 1, which comes from the company’s projected net income for 2018. The contribution is in addition to the $40 million in taxes and royalties that NTEC has paid the Navajo Nation this year.
NTEC is a wholly owned limited liability company of the Navajo Nation that was authorized by the Navajo Nation to purchase Navajo Mine in New Mexico in 2013. The mine currently supplies coal to the Four Corners Power Plant. The company also holds a seven-percent ownership interest in the Four Corners Power Plant in northwest New Mexico.
Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) and Council Delegate Seth Damon (Bááháálí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Tsé Lichíí’, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh) joined together in thanking NTEC CEO Clark Moseley and the NTEC board members for contributing to the general fund, which will benefit the Navajo Nation’s programs and direct services.
“We are very thankful to the NTEC board, their CEO, and many others who have worked hard to make NTEC successful. The contribution today in addition to their annual contributions are a sign of the company’s success,” stated Speaker Bates.
NTEC’s contribution is the direct result of requests from the Budget and Finance Committee to all Navajo Nation enterprises to contribute dividend payments to help provide direct services and other assistance that benefit members of the Navajo Nation.
Delegate Damon, who chairs the Budget and Finance Committee, said he is very grateful to NTEC for answering the call for contributions to the Nation and said he remains hopeful that other enterprises will do so also.
“NTEC is proud of its performance over the past year and we want to share our success with the Navajo Nation. We have stated that purchasing Navajo Mine was a good investment for the Navajo Nation, and now the Nation is experiencing the benefit of revenues generated from coal sales,” said NTEC CEO Clark Moseley.
Delegate Damon said the Budget and Finance Committee would continue to request Navajo Nation enterprises to contribute to the Navajo Nation’s general fund, especially when the Nation’s revenues are uncertain in the coming years.
In June, the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry contributed $250,000 to the Nation, in May the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise also contributed $10 million to the Nation’s Gaming Distribution Fund to benefit chapters, and Diné Development Corporation has contributed $850,000 since October 2017.