Editorial: Navajo Nation deserves big change in leadership
"The Navajo Nation needs new leadership, and the old leadership just doesn't seem to get it.

The real question is, will Navajo voters finally send a message by electing that change, or will they once again be lost in a jetwash of special interests and selfish politics as they are either misled or ignored.

So far, what the Navajo voters have to say doesn't seem to matter much to anybody. Navajo courts may have a hand in deciding some of the choices voters will have, given that the current leaders are in total disregard of the law.

The tribe continues to argue about the validity of a December 2009 election that called for reduction of the Tribal Council and securing line-item veto power for the president. Such a move would reduce the number of council delegates from 88 to 24.

Those council delegates in fear of losing their job apparently have decided that the best way to avoid such a reduction is simply to ignore the vote and pretend it didn't happen.

Shame on them.

It doesn't stop there, however, as the shame goes straight to the top.

Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. decided that despite Navajo law limiting a president to two terms, he wants a third for himself.

He filed on May 5 as one of nine candidates seeking the office.

Shame on him."

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