NTEC prepared for agreements ahead of purchases
From Staff Reports
The Sheridan Press
SHERIDAN — The Navajo Transitional Energy Corporation is prepared to negotiate waivers of sovereign immunity upon purchasing mines in states outside of the Navajo Reservation.
NTEC purchased mines owned by Cloud Peak last fall and recently have agreed to waive its sovereign immunity in the state of Wyoming and, this week, with the U.S. Department of Interior so both government levels may regulate and oversee NTEC under applicable federal and state laws, according to a press release sent by NTEC Tuesday. NTEC does not need to grant a waiver of sovereign immunity to the state of New Mexico, where NTEC’s Navajo Mine is located, because it lies on the Navajo Reservation and remains subject to Navajo law, Stewardship Solutions, Inc.’s Catie Kerns told The Sheridan Press via email on behalf of NTEC.
Months before the close of the acquisition of transferring Cloud Peak mines, NTEC approached the relevant regulatory agencies in Wyoming and Montana regarding sovereign immunity, Kerns said.
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