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WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sandia National Laboratories last Friday during a signing ceremony at the Navajo Nation Museum.
Navajo President Shelly & Sandia President Paul Hommet at Signing
“Right now this is my priority. We need to bring employment and we need to bring revenue to the Nation,”
President Shelly said.
President Shelly said he envisions the use of the Memorandum of Understanding to help the Navajo Nation create jobs on the Navajo Nation.
“Through the leadership of the Navajo Nation and the Department of Energy, we are able to have the national lab's scientist and engineers to work alongside the Navajo Nation, supporting the critical needs in areas of energy development and technology deployments,”
President Shelly continued.
The Memorandum of Understanding calls for collaboration between the two parties to address such issues at economic development on the Navajo Nation, technical assistance from Sandia, develop strategies regarding Navajo's natural resources, and develop communication between the Navajo Nation, Sandia National Laboratories and other national laboratories under the Strategic Technical Tribal Technology Team.
“We are paving the way to great progress,”
Paul Hommet, president and director of Sandia National Laboratories, said the labs are committed to helping the Navajo Nation.
posted October 24, 2012 11:59 am edt