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New Heavy Equipment Training For Chapters Places Local Communities On The Road To Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Posted: Jul 3, 2013 By: Hunter Moore


HOLBROOK, AZ — On June 24th-28th, the Southwestern Region of the Navajo Nation, which includes the Birdsprings, Tolani Lake, Teesto, Dilkon, Indian Wells, White Cone, Greasewood, and Jeddito Chapter communities took part in a first-of-its-kind training to certify heavy equipment operators. The class included fourteen individuals from the region’s chapters and the training satisfied the BIA certification requirements for heavy equipment operators to perform maintenance work on public roads.

Training was offered on the proper operation of various types of heavy equipment, including, a motor grader, a bull dozer and a back hoe. The week-long training concluded with a heavy equipment rodeo where each class participant competed in the utilization of the various types of equipment to demonstrate the skills learned during the training.

Navajo County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Jesse Thompson offered his thoughts after the completion of the training, “This is a natural next step in our partnership effort with the Chapters to help improve local road conditions. Navajo County is proud to have assisted the Southwestern Navajo Region Team with the coordination and planning for this training. I wish to congratulate the Team and, most importantly, I wish to congratulate the 13 men and 1 woman who successfully became Certified Heavy Equipment Operators as a result of this training.”

“Even before the training was completed other regions in the Navajo Nation began expressing their interest in sending some of their own chapter members to a similar training course to reap the same benefits,” said Supervisor Thompson. “Once an individual is certified, the Chapters can recoup some of their costs for road maintenance through the Bureau of Indian Affairs. I really see this taking us in a good direction.

The idea of sponsoring training certification was the result of local Chapters desiring to perform work on BIA and NDOT routes and to perform the work to BIA requirements. The training was planned and offered by a large partnership group that included Council Delegate, Elmer Begay, Navajo County Board of Supervisor Jesse Thompson, Fort Defiance BIA Office Calvin Castillo, Franklin Sandoval, Western and Eastern BIA Personnel, Russell Thomas and other NDOT personnel, Former/Current Chapter Officials and Staff, Navajo County Staff , and LDA Claudia Jackson. The training was conducted at the Dilkon Road Yard and the Dilkon Chapter hosted the training activity.

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