WINDOW ROCK—The initiative to develop infrastructure on the Navajo Nation was furthered on Sunday, Dec. 11, when President Begaye signed a sand and gravel pit lease for the Carrizo Pit located in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona.
“One of our goals has been to open several of these gravel pits,” said President Begaye. “This effort to use local resources cuts down on cost, which gives us greater opportunity to build more roads for Navajo. I appreciate the partnership with Apache County to strengthen tribal infrastructure.”
The lease for the Carrizo Pit is for 36 acres of land. It allows Apache County the rights to excavate, develop and use materials to improve roads on Navajo, particularly in the county’s first district.
As noted by President Begaye, the Navajo Nation primarily imports materials for infrastructure from off the nation. Rather than continuing this trend, the administration has pushed to invest in the development of gravel pits within tribal boundaries. The first gravel pit from this initiative is in the Greasewood Springs Chapter vicinity.
Gravel pits will keep dollars on the nation and create jobs. With the use of local resources, the tribe also aims to cut down on the additional cost of hauling gravel, which ultimately increases the price of infrastructure.