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Navajo council approves $11.4 million for restaurant at Shiprock Hotel

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WINDOW ROCK, AZ – The 24th Council of the Navajo Nation has approved Law No. 0258-22 allocating $11,400,000 of Síhasin funds to the Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise (NNHE) for the construction of a hotel and restaurant in Shiprock, NM.

The bill also amends resolution CAP-19-16 to transfer responsibility and allocate $8.3 million in permanent trust funds from the Navajo Gaming Enterprise to the NNHE for the project. Sponsored by Law and Order Committee Chair Eugenia Charles-Newton, Law No. 0258-22 passed with a vote of 21 in favor, zero against. A directive was also approved asking the NNHE to explore options for securing adequate flood insurance.

“A Navajo-inspired hotel and restaurant for the Shiprock community is one step closer to reality,” said President Seth Damon. “The Navajo Nation welcomes thousands of tourists to the Four Corners area each year and will make this new hotel a business hub. We congratulate Madame President Eugenia Charles-Newton for her unwavering leadership and all the stakeholders involved in moving this project forward. The Navajo Nation Council is urging President Nez to sign this economic development venture into law.

According to NNHE Managing Director, Mr. Stanley Saap, the planned hotel will be a AAA Three Diamond property, have 80 rooms, a full-service restaurant, an indoor swimming pool and meeting facilities. From groundbreaking to grand opening day, the property will take two years to build and will cost the Navajo Nation approximately $22.5 million.

“The Shiprock Hotel and Restaurant is changing the economic landscape of the Northern Agency,” said President Eugenia Charles-Newton. “This hotel project will boost our local economy and provide much needed income to the Navajo people. The hotel will also create hundreds of new jobs and provide a place to stay for the thousands of tourists who visit the parks and landmarks of the Four Corners area each year. We thank Navajo Gaming Enterprise for what they have tried to do but have been limited in completing the project during this pandemic. We are grateful that Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise is now our project partner.

Due to rising construction and procurement costs since 2016, the funding gap was closed when Law No. 0258-22 appropriated the $11.4 million. According to the NNHE, $970,000 will be used for architecture and design, $700,000 for site improvements, $800,000 for required NTUA utility upgrades, $17.9 million for construction of buildings and $2,050,000 for furniture and equipment for hotels and restaurants.

President Nez has 10 days to approve or veto the bill once it is certified by President Damon. If the President takes no action, the resolution automatically becomes law.