Navajo president calls investigation 'personal'
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. says Navajo Nation Council refuses to explain why he's been placed on administrative leave.

The council conducted an investigation into the tribe's dealings with two companies. Shirley says he hasn't been given any information about the probe.

"It's turned personal. . . . I don't know why I'm on administrative leave," Shirley said at the Arizona State University College of Law, The Arizona Republic reported. "I've asked for the allegations. I've ask for the investigative report. Nothing has been given to me. It's atrocious."

Shirley says the council is going after him because he's pushing two government reform initiatives. One would reduce the size of the council, from 88 delegates to 24, and the other allows the president to execute line-item vetoes of council budget legislation.

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Beleaguered Navajo leader assails critics (The Arizona Republic 10/29)

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Editorial: Council must be transparent on Shirley charges (The Farmington Daily Times 10/29)

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