Navajos Sign Cuba Trade Deal

The Navajo Nation and Cuba sign a trade deal. The Navajos will sell beans, corn, wheat and other products to Cuba. The deal is possible because of a little-known loophole in the U.S. trade embargo.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

A high level American delegation left Cuba yesterday with what they describe as a historic trade deal between the Communist country and a Navajo agribusiness. The delegation signed a letter of intent for the Navajo Nation to sell Cuba beans, corn, wheat and other products. The U.S. trade embargo has exceptions for agricultural goods paid for in cash.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Congressman Tom Udall, who's Democrat from New Mexico, was among those traveling to Cuba. The group didn't get to meet with Fidel Castro, who has always shown an interest in Native Americans. They also didn't get to meet with acting President Raul Castro. Fidel Castro ceded power to his younger brother when he was hospitalized last month.

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