23 Navajo Nation homes finally get electricity

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TONALEA, Arizona – Tribal President Jonathan Nez finalized a sub-grant agreement between the Navajo Nation and the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority to extend power lines to homes in the Tonalea community, providing long-awaited electricity to at least 23 families.

Several Tonalea residents who were due to receive electricity witnessed the signing of the deal on Saturday for the 23 homes in the former Bennett Freeze neighborhood.

Selena Slim said she had lived in Tonalea her entire life without electricity and regularly spent $ 75 to buy gasoline for her generator to power her house with electricity.

Slim recalled that when schools switched to virtual learning at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she had to pay even more money to buy gasoline to provide internet service to her children so that they can follow an online education.

During Saturday’s signing, Nez spoke about the importance of building and improving the tribe’s infrastructure to deliver long-term benefits to communities and families.

In 2019, Nez and Tribal Vice President Lizer approved $ 3 million for the design and construction of a new Chapter Hall, which is nearing completion.

The tribal reserve is the largest in the country at 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) and covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.


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