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Alternate Member, Navajo Nation, Royalty Policy Committee

Bidtah Becker was named as an alternate member of the Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee. Members of the committee advise Secretary Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.”

Bidtah Becker, who is a member of the Navajo Nation, is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. In 2002, she began working for the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, most recently serving as the Assistant Attorney General for the Natural Resources Unit. While Becker worked in the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, she “focuse[d] on pursuing and protecting the Nation’s water rights.” In May 2015, Becker was appointed by President Begaye and Vice-President Nez to be “the Executive Director for the Division of Natural Resources for the Navajo Nation,” a position for which she was “confirmed by the Council in October of 2015.”

Sources: [Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17, Speakers’ Biography,” Colorado College, accessed 09/29/17, and “BIO: Bidtah Becker,” Navajo Nation Bar Association,” accessed 09/29/17]

Other Information

In 2017, Bidtah Becker helped negotiate an agreement “to extend operations of the Navajo Generating Station” an extra two years, until the end of 2019.

In 2017, Bidtah Becker, the Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources, helped negotiate an agreement “to extend operations of the Navajo Generating Station until the end of December 2019.” The owners of NGS “determined that the process of decommissioning the power plant” must begin in July 2017, but Becker’s deal would allow the owners to operate the power plant until the end of 2019, provide for three to five years for decommissioning the power plant after 2019 and to allow the owners access to the site for an additional 30 years to monitor the site as required by federal environmental laws.” [“NABI Commitee tables NGS legislation, work session scheduled,” Grand Canyon News, 06/13/17]

Bidtah Becker, as Assistant Attorney General for the Natural Resources Unit of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, “handles legal matters pertaining to the development and use of the Nation’s land and natural resources and protection of the environment.”

Bidtah Becker is the Assistant Attorney General for the Natural Resources Unit of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, which “handles legal matters pertaining to the development and use of the Nation’s land and natural resources and protection of the environment.” [“Upcoming Events,” The University of New Mexico School of Law, accessed 10/17/17]