On July 25, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed into law legislation CJY-44-13 to allocate $3 million to the Navajo Department of Water Resources to address the extreme drought conditions on the Navajo Nation.
In the same document, $1,397,239 was allocated to the Department of Agriculture for feral livestock roundups and $202,761 to the Department of Resource Enforcement for livestock roundups.
According to a report presented to the Navajo Nation Resources and Development Committee on Sept. 17, approximately 1,100 horses have been captured at a cost close to $700 per horse.
Upon hearing the news, RDC member Council Delegate Leonard H. Pete (Chinle) commented: “According to the report, there’s 64,000 horses out there. That means the Nation will need to spend $40 million just to capture them. Maybe we should offer $90 per head, no questions. If you chase it down, just drop it off and we’ll pick it up. That might be a better way to spend the budget.”
Roundups will continue through October.