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Navajo Nation of Arizona, New Mexico & Utah

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When the nation started charging fees to visit the Four Corners National Monument, some tourists wanted improvements. "We like funky, but for $4, we like toilets," said a Salt Lake City visitor. "For four bucks, I'm thinking new benches, take out the weeds, put in a few plants." Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, agreed. He sponsored a bill to put $2.5 million in federal dollars for a $4.5 million museum and American Indian interpretive center at the monument, complete with bathrooms. Only Colorado hasn't offered to chip in $500,000 for the project though Southwest Colorado would get 75 percent of the benefits. The states asked Congress to extend a July 15 deadline for collecting matching funds. One Colorado legislator said the Ute Mountain Utes should pitch in a quarter million since the tribe owns the Colorado corner of the monument. If the project is funded the nation and the Utes would share management with non-Indian members of a coalition. The people who come here think Indians live in tipis and they're surprised we speak English ... that we have family that are doctors, lawyers and teachers," said Navajo Victoria Dee, who works in the monument information office. She said funding could help educate the public.