The Navajo Nation will purchase this land with the intent to develop housing for students and employees of the Nation.
“There is potential for economic development on these particular lands we are purchasing,” President Begaye said. “A lot of our Navajo dollars end up going into the budget of the City of Gallup.”
Many employees of the Nation have sought housing in Gallup by either purchasing homes or renting apartments.
“We could be moving these dollars back into the Navajo Nation budget,” President Begaye said.
Vice President Jonathan Nez said the Nation needs to consider the economics of Navajo dollars being spent in Gallup and how the Nation could benefit from developing a retail center or housing units.
“Maybe there is an opportunity for the Nation to partner with the University of New Mexico or the City of Gallup,” he said.
President Begaye said the Navajo Nation will continue to aggressively purchase land in other border towns like Farmington and Flagstaff to provide housing and economic opportunities for Navajo people living in these areas.