A comfort zone

N.M. oil boom helping allottees buy, build and improve

(Times photo - Donovan Quintero)

By Alastair Lee Bitsoi
Navajo Times

COUNSELOR, N.M., March 13, 2014

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(Times photos - Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Nancy Castillo, who received an undisclosed amount of money from oil companies for leasing her allotments in the far Eastern Navajo Agency, sits outside her home Monday afternoon in Pine Lake, N.M. and talks about how she will use her money.

BOTTOM: Nancy Castillo talks about how the royalties she received will improve her overall well being on Monday.

Rather than spend her oil royalties on a new car or mobile home, Nancy Castillo plans to invest some of it in remodeling her one-bedroom home.

After all, what many would consider a substandard house – dirt floors and no electricity - is comfort. It's where Castillo has lived most of her life, among the canopy of junipers that surround her and her Augustine kinfolk in Pine Lake, N.M.

"I've always lived with a dirt floor and I want to change that," Castillo said.

Sitting outside on her porch, Castillo beams with gratitude of how an undisclosed amount of money she's receiving from oil companies leasing her allotments in the far Eastern Navajo Agency will help improve her overall well being.

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