Dispute over control of oil & gas company continues

By Bill Donovan
Special to the Times

WINDOW ROCK, July 24, 2014

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Fearful employees, accusations of misuse of money, court battles and fights over who should be on the board were among the issues that came up this week in the dispute over control of the Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company.

There was certainly no lack of news about the company, which is still trying to convince creditors, vendors and banks that the worst is behind them and that the leadership that is now in charge will continue to be the driving force behind the company in the coming months.

Louis Denetsosie continues to lead the company but supporters of the former CEO, Robert Joe, have not given up on their efforts to regain control.

This week, there are reports that employees who have been labeled as supporters of Joe continue to have problems at the company.

Several employees said Tuesday that they continue to be harassed by the current administration.

The employees, who talked only on condition of not being named for fear of reprisal, said that they dread coming into work every day and wonder how long it will be before they are fired.

“It’s a very awkward situation,” said one employee.

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