Feds probe Navajo officials' Hawaii trip

Feds probe Navajo officials' Hawaii trip

There are 46 comments on the KOB.com Eyewitness News 4 - New Mexico story from Nov 27, 2007, titled Feds probe Navajo officials' Hawaii trip. In it, KOB.com Eyewitness News 4 - New Mexico reports that:

The U.S. Interior Department has begun an investigation into whether federal money was misused or misappropriated for an American Indian education conference in Hawaii.

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Gina

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Nov 27, 2007
As part of the Navajo tribe, I am very disappointed in the decisions of our leaders. What I would like to know is if any of the teachers of the reservation were invited? They are always being overlooked and underpaid. This is comparable to the Navajo Chapter Officials buying themselves diamond rings like they won the Superbowl. How sad!
Del

Chinle, AZ

#2 Nov 27, 2007
It's about time the Navajo Officals were caught with their hands in the cookie jar. It must be nice to get free vacations funded totally by the Federal Government.
As a Navajo it is actions like these by Navajo Government that makes me distrust the Navajo Government. Something has to be done top to bottom and bottom to top. I hope the investigation does not stop with the Navajo Council. All aspect of Navajo GOvernment needs to be probed. And sovereignty should not be an issue. As long as the Navajo Nation depends on the Federal Government for funding they are not sovereign.
George Begay

United States

#3 Nov 27, 2007
They said those who went came back to teach others what they learned? Not anybody can attend a seminar like this and come back to teach it to others. This was just another "free for all" that the Indians believe they are entitled to. They think nothing of abusing the taxpayers money. All involved should be investigated and see if they submitted "plans to teach" others, if not, they need to reimburse the Government. Unfortunately, I am a member of the Navajo Tribe and am embarassed for the Tribal Governmant.
BBenallie

Chinle, AZ

#4 Nov 28, 2007
It's not only Navajo's who should be investigated. If the Government is too tight with their stingy $$, they shouldn't have to force the tribes to go to school in the first place to be educated and learn how to be a crook. The Gov't committed to assist and guide the Tribe with their educational needs and education is a priority. They shouldn't pray for money already given up for whatever it was funded for and shouldn't set traps up for something already given up. Gov't should keep their stingy money. Not only Native Tribes misuse money but the Gov't is the worse.
kona

Tempe, AZ

#5 Apr 1, 2012
from whatevery there's nothing wrong with hawaii,there brown like you and I.
jojo

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Apr 2, 2012
BBenallie wrote:
It's not only Navajo's who should be investigated. If the Government is too tight with their stingy $$, they shouldn't have to force the tribes to go to school in the first place to be educated and learn how to be a crook. The Gov't committed to assist and guide the Tribe with their educational needs and education is a priority. They shouldn't pray for money already given up for whatever it was funded for and shouldn't set traps up for something already given up. Gov't should keep their stingy money. Not only Native Tribes misuse money but the Gov't is the worse.
I have to agree with you.
Willie Chee

Brockton, MA

#7 Apr 3, 2012
Go to any B.I.A. office and you'll find 25% of the staff on leave, 25% traveling somewhere, 25% in training, and 25% loafing about. Your tax dollars at work, folks.

“come to Richie,, ”

Since: Nov 10

4-corners man

#8 Apr 3, 2012
yea, only white gov. employees get to go to the Islands..... gee... everyone knows that.
rezbah

Tempe, AZ

#11 Apr 7, 2012
Shoot! I'd go too if its for free!
Work on my tan while i'm at it.
Insider

Mesa, AZ

#12 Apr 8, 2012
If you want to talk about trips to Hawaii, how about the CCSD IEC trip to Hawaii every year. Just days after the release of students for summer break, certain individuals from the Heritage Ed Center take off to the islands on the students dollar. They even take members of their families. 100% Truth.
nobama

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Apr 8, 2012
Richies Cool Man Diary wrote:
yea, only white gov. employees get to go to the Islands..... gee... everyone knows that.
What you talking about fool, Whorbama and his 200 party posse go to hawaii couple times a year and spend a couple of million of taxpayers dollars and he's only half white.
another

Santa Fe, NM

#14 Apr 8, 2012
nobama wrote:
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racist, offtopic post. fool.

“come to Richie,, ”

Since: Nov 10

4-corners man

#15 Apr 8, 2012
nobama wrote:
<quoted text>What you talking about fool, Whorbama and his 200 party posse go to hawaii couple times a year and spend a couple of million of taxpayers dollars and he's only half white.
Thats the white half it takes over, thinks it needs to vacation all the time..... man your stupid sometimes, ah, all the time....
Itz Her Job

Los Alamos, NM

#16 Apr 8, 2012
George Begay wrote:
They said those who went came back to teach others what they learned? Not anybody can attend a seminar like this and come back to teach it to others. This was just another "free for all" that the Indians believe they are entitled to. They think nothing of abusing the taxpayers money. All involved should be investigated and see if they submitted "plans to teach" others, if not, they need to reimburse the Government. Unfortunately, I am a member of the Navajo Tribe and am embarassed for the Tribal Governmant.
Cops, lawyers, accountants, priests, nurses, all attend seminars every year to update their skills. This just seems like another way to dump on the Navajo for doing what everyone else does already. Continuing Education credits.

Are we gonna get mad at them for paving their roads too?

Did you notice Heather Wilson's and other republican ads, really a fundraiser, for "teaching" people how to get more money a few months back?
yak

United States

#20 Apr 12, 2012
What's funny is they Navajo people let them get away with it, just like they get treated in Farmington and dont do anything. They to scared to do anything.

And its their money.
Har Har

Albuquerque, NM

#22 Apr 12, 2012
yak wrote:
What's funny is they Navajo people let them get away with it, just like they get treated in Farmington and dont do anything. They to scared to do anything.
And its their money.
What's funny is a white outsider reading an article on the internet, thinking that makes him qualified on the issue, and then acting like he's some sort of ueber-manager and putting down an entire race and reservation outside of his control.

Lookit you, dork, so poor you are posting on message boards. What would your uninformed rear know about the situation, or running a big group of any type?
yak

Phoenix, AZ

#23 Apr 13, 2012
Har Har wrote:
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What's funny is a white outsider reading an article on the internet, thinking that makes him qualified on the issue, and then acting like he's some sort of ueber-manager and putting down an entire race and reservation outside of his control.
Lookit you, dork, so poor you are posting on message boards. What would your uninformed rear know about the situation, or running a big group of any type?
What's funny is your probably in more control and capable to change it yet you do nothing. I love to see how many years and even decades this stealing will continue. Hey its your money not mine. But I guess you got money to burn.
Naalthjiide

Farmington, NM

#24 May 28, 2012
George Begay wrote:
They said those who went came back to teach others what they learned? Not anybody can attend a seminar like this and come back to teach it to others. This was just another "free for all" that the Indians believe they are entitled to. They think nothing of abusing the taxpayers money. All involved should be investigated and see if they submitted "plans to teach" others, if not, they need to reimburse the Government. Unfortunately, I am a member of the Navajo Tribe and am embarassed for the Tribal Governmant.
Here we are 2012 and it is still the same old story (SOS)on the Navajo Nation. Are the elected officials teaching the newly elected the things they have already learned? Where are all the prosecutors? Everything is just being swept under the rug! The house needs cleaning now!
Naalthjiide

Farmington, NM

#25 May 28, 2012
jojo wrote:
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I have to agree with you.
I also agree in 2012.
observer

Farmington, NM

#26 Jun 2, 2012
Gina wrote:
As part of the Navajo tribe, I am very disappointed in the decisions of our leaders. What I would like to know is if any of the teachers of the reservation were invited? They are always being overlooked and underpaid. This is comparable to the Navajo Chapter Officials buying themselves diamond rings like they won the Superbowl. How sad!
Those Navajo Leaders deserved a break in the warm tropical sun and they deserve the diamond rings because they are better than the common Navajos. I just do not get why everyone is always on our fine upstanding officials. I just don't get it. Leave our Navajo Officials alone!!!!

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