Navajo president calls for ouster of George Bush

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. called on Navajo voters to oust President George W. Bush over the administration's handling of the trust fund.

Shirley joined the plaintiffs in the Indian trust fund suit at a chapter meeting in New Mexico. He said Navajos should seek a greater voice in the lawsuit.

Shirley's office disputed comments attributed to him about settling the case. Shirley gave his remarks in Navajo and the Associated Press reporter was said to be relying on a mistranslation.

Shirley has endorsed Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) for president. Shirley is one of the tribal advisers to the campaign.

Get the Story:
Navajo leader: Oust Bush, settle lawsuit (AP 10/8)
Shirley: Trust settlement comments misunderstood (The Farmington Daily Times 10/9)
Shirley: Time to think about settling trust fund lawsuit (The Gallup Independent 10/8)
Navajos Urged to Opine on Suit (AP 10/9)

Relevant Links:
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton -
Cobell v. Norton, Department of Justice -
Indian Trust, Department of Interior -

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