<quoted text>Keep Ray out of any tribal office!
On another note what is up at the Navajo Nation Bar with embezzlement allegations? Check out the story in this weeks Navajo Times.
New bar prez sniffs out mismanagement
By Bill Donovan
Special to the Times
WINDOW ROCK, January 10, 2013
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S hortly after taking office last August as president of the Navajo Bar Association, Bernadine Martin learned that the association was in deep financial trouble.
"I was shocked," said the Navajo Nation's chief prosecutor Wednesday during an interview in her office.
Within weeks of taking office, Martin learned of serious mismanagement of bar association funds, possibly going back a number of years.
But the problems went further than that with the discovery that certain bills had not been paid, resulting in the lapse of the association's insurance and loss of its status as a non-profit organization.
The loss of insurance forced the association's board of commissioners to put its secretary, Yolanda Wauneka, on paid administrative leave for two weeks. She has been brought back to work but has been told that until the insurance coverage is back in force, she is "not to travel outside the office" on bar association business.
"We have had hours and hours of meetings to try and address all of these problems," said Martin, who has also been spending a lot of time e-mailing bar members who have expressed concern that the financial problems may cause the association to close its doors.
Two members of the association's board have resigned in the last few weeks, with one saying that he could not stay on with the association facing its current problems.
She also expressed that the problems would soon affect members of the bar because dues for 2013 were due to be paid in January and there was no guarantee that the association's problems would be resolved.
"I have been spending a lot of time addressing a lot of rumors that have been going around," said Martin, who added that the board has confronted the problems and steps are being taken to get the organization back on a level financial footing.
A preliminary investigation has revealed that there are some bar association funds that have come up missing and the association is now conducting an investigation to determine what happened to them. The association hasn't said how much is involved but Martin said it was a "high" figure.
The association was able to secure the services on a pro bono basis of Greenberg Taurig, one of the world's largest and most experienced law firms.
Martin said she is now working with Troy Eid, a long-time bar association member and the former United states Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Richard Perkun, an expert in federal income taxation and tax compliance, "to investigate the discrepancies" in the association's financial records.
That has proved to be difficult, she said, because some records are missing and others are incomplete.