Navajo Nation and Utah Diné Bikéyah to Washington, DC.
Representatives from the Navajo Nation and Utah Diné Bikéyah spent the week of February 24th in Washington, DC. Traveling were Frederick White, Executive Director, Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources, Willie Grayeyes, UDB Chair, Jonah Yellowman, Leonard Lee and Mark Maryboy, UDB board members. The purpose of this trip was to seek support for the Diné Bikéyah Conservation Plan developed by the Navajo Nation and UDB with help from Round River. Representatives met with staff from the Department of Interior, US Department of Agriculture, White House Council of Environmental Quality, White House Advisor for Indian Affairs, House Democratic Natural Resources Committee and members of the Utah Delegation.
The Diné Bikéyah Conservation Plan, for the greater Navajo San Juan Basin, includes a proposed 1.9 million acre Diné Bikéyah National Conservation Area with federal land designations, co-management priorities, a access travel plan, and mapped areas for cultural and resource uses. This plan is the vision statement and negotiation position by the Navajo Nation for land planning negotiations and for consideration by the Obama Administration.