Tribal council committee confirms NTEC management committee appointments

Noel Lyn Smith
Farmington Daily Times
Aaron Rosetta

FARMINGTON — Two committees of the Navajo Nation Council have approved the appointment of two individuals to serve on the management committee for the Navajo Transitional Energy Company.

The Resources and Development Committee gave final legislative approval on Tuesday to confirm the appointments of Aaron Rosetta and Lionel Haskie to the seven-member board.

The nominations received approval on May 30 from the Budget and Finance Committee.

The term to which Rosetta was appointed runs from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2019, and the term to which Haskie will serve runs from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2018, according to the bills containing their confirmations.

NTEC management committee chairman Steve Gundersen said in a telephone interview today the committee has not received official notification about the appointments, and he could not comment on the dates included in the bills.

He explained the committee is composed of seven members, but there are two open seats.

Lionel Haskie

When asked if Rosetta and Haskie are filling the open seats, Gundersen referred the question to the tribal president's office and to the council committees.


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Rosetta could not be reached for comment today.

Information attached to the bill shows that Rosetta submitted a letter of interest on March 6 to the president's office then received the appointment on March 7 from tribal President Russell Begaye.

He is the majority shareholder, general manager and CEO for Nations Gas Technologies Inc., a propane and natural gas utility construction company based in Navajo.

He earned a bachelor's degrees in business administration and social sciences, both from California State University in Sacramento, according to his résumé.

Haskie submitted a letter of interest on March 31, 2016, and was appointed by the president on Feb. 16.

He is the operations and maintenance manager for Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, a position he has held since 2010.

He also served as interim NAPI CEO from November 2015 to March 2016 and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Southern California, according to his résumé.


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Haskie said in an telephone interview today he looks forward to serving on the committee and using his skills to continue developing the company and its endeavors.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.