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Navajo drag feet on gaming credit

15 October 2007

WINDOW ROCK, Arizona -- As reported by the Gallup Independent: "A feisty Navajo Nation Council wrestled with the question of a $100 million line of credit Friday, finally pinning its hopes on more talk. They voted 56-8 to continue with the legislation and then by a narrow eight-vote margin to remand the measure back to Budget & Finance for more review.

"The $100 million line of credit from JP Morgan Chase would be to establish gaming on the reservation.

"But Delegate Pete Ken Atcitty questioned the legislation since its primary sponsor — Delegate Charles Damon — removed his sponsorship after questions of conflicts of interest were aired.

"While Damon can remove his name, he can't yank the whole legislation off the table, Chief Legislative Counsel Ray Etcitty said..."

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