By Marley Shebala
Top officials are mum on a written invitation from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to meet with Navajo Nation representatives to settle the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement on Nov. 14.
The Council rejected the Little Colorado River settlement in July and directed Speaker Johnny Naize (Blue Gap-Tachee/Cottonwood-Tselani/Low Mountain/Nazlini/Many Farms), to immediately appoint eight members from the Council to a Water Rights Settlement Task Force to work on a new settlement of the Little Colorado River and possibly other outstanding Navajo water rights.
Naize was designated as the task force chairperson. The task force also included a six-member Advisory Group that represented the grassroots water rights organization, a water rights professional and a Navajo medicine person.