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Scottsdale architect accuses Navajo speaker of ethics violations

There are 50 comments on the Farmington Daily Times story from Jan 31, 2010, titled Scottsdale architect accuses Navajo speaker of ethics violations. In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:

A Chandler, Ariz., architect has filed a complaint against two top Navajo officials alleging they ,as well as the Navajo Nation Ethics and Rules Office, engaged in a coverup of an investigation.

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TKaya

Dalton, GA

#1 Feb 1, 2010
How much do you want to bet Morgan will try and hide behind Immunity? I hope he is exposed and put behind bar where he belongs!!!
Top Notch

AOL

#2 Feb 1, 2010
TKaya wrote:
How much do you want to bet Morgan will try and hide behind Immunity? I hope he is exposed and put behind bar where he belongs!!!
You are absolutely incorrect about your judgment of the Speaker. There is a very lengthy process in dealing with the Navajo Nation and Mr. Graven's alleged ignorance of the process does not entitle him to legal recourse or remedy. The situation is unfortunate, however, Mr. Graven should not have made any assumption. The bureaucracy of the Navajo Nation is miles of red tape, committees, attorneys,etc. ultimately resulting in voting on legislation during one of their scheduled sessions with a final signature by the President of the Nation.
duh

United States

#3 Feb 1, 2010
Sounds fishy if craven is representing himself...
what is he hiding?
Curious

Durango, CO

#4 Feb 1, 2010
According to this article - there were several Red Flags? Why didn't the business dealings with this guy stop with the FIRST RED FLAG? It appears that the speaker (LM) wasn't abiding by the procurement laws of the Nation???
Sigh

Durango, CO

#5 Feb 1, 2010
Just another example of the third world mentality that keeps the Navajo Nation from being a respected entity. Very sad
Surprise Surprise

United States

#6 Feb 1, 2010
Curious wrote:
According to this article - there were several Red Flags? Why didn't the business dealings with this guy stop with the FIRST RED FLAG? It appears that the speaker (LM) wasn't abiding by the procurement laws of the Nation???
The speaker (LM) wasnt abiding by any laws! The word of a Navajo Tribal official is not good and honesty went away long ago. In most ways that is why the NN is in the shape it is. Until the people get tired of the legal and moral lapses of their officials nothing will change.
TKaya

Dalton, GA

#7 Feb 1, 2010
Top Notch wrote:
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You are absolutely incorrect about your judgment of the Speaker. There is a very lengthy process in dealing with the Navajo Nation and Mr. Graven's alleged ignorance of the process does not entitle him to legal recourse or remedy. The situation is unfortunate, however, Mr. Graven should not have made any assumption. The bureaucracy of the Navajo Nation is miles of red tape, committees, attorneys,etc. ultimately resulting in voting on legislation during one of their scheduled sessions with a final signature by the President of the Nation.
This Council especially this speaker has shown itself time after time to be incompetent! I may not know the bureaucracy or the "miles of red tape" but I know this. As a Navajo Voter I'm sick and tired of the secrecy,and the inability of this so called Council to act. I'm sick and tired of this so called Council hiding behind "Immunity" as a means to get away with corruption. You say Mr. Graven has "No Legal Recourse" Why Not? Why can't this so called Council be held accountable for any actions especially the Speakers office? It seems ignorance has shown itself time and time again with the Navajo Nation with regards to the NN Council. And it also seems that you may work for the Speakers office, I don't know. Transparency with any Government has always championed the people, The Navajo People are no different.
Native

San Ysidro, NM

#8 Feb 1, 2010
Why would Mr. Morgan need this complex? Spending $'s on this complex would not help our people who are need. Also spending $'s on attorneys again to clear up his mess is also costing our people. It's a shame that there are crooks still in the Dine government... All expenses should come out of there own pockets.
Good Grief

Farmington, NM

#10 Feb 1, 2010
Surprise Surprise wrote:
<quoted text>The speaker (LM) wasnt abiding by any laws! The word of a Navajo Tribal official is not good and honesty went away long ago. In most ways that is why the NN is in the shape it is. Until the people get tired of the legal and moral lapses of their officials nothing will change.
This one of many incidents is a good example of our Nation's government is runnning amoke. Leaders in power position can do anything they want without abiding by the law. The Speaker should be held accountable for his actions. A swimming pool and helicopter pad? Come on! We have roads on the reservation that needs to be paved and maintained, our elderly need assistance, our social problems running amoke, etc. Spending money on needless projects are irresponsible. Let's get rid of these irresponsible leaders.
NM taxpayer

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Feb 1, 2010
Good Grief wrote:
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This one of many incidents is a good example of our Nation's government is runnning amoke. Leaders in power position can do anything they want without abiding by the law. The Speaker should be held accountable for his actions. A swimming pool and helicopter pad? Come on! We have roads on the reservation that needs to be paved and maintained, our elderly need assistance, our social problems running amoke, etc. Spending money on needless projects are irresponsible. Let's get rid of these irresponsible leaders.
This was very well put. It is up to you all to get them out of office. Get out and vote like the white man. We will have to get out and VOTE too.
Phoenix Navajo

Phoenix, AZ

#12 Feb 1, 2010
Top Notch wrote:
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You are absolutely incorrect about your judgment of the Speaker. There is a very lengthy process in dealing with the Navajo Nation and Mr. Graven's alleged ignorance of the process does not entitle him to legal recourse or remedy. The situation is unfortunate, however, Mr. Graven should not have made any assumption. The bureaucracy of the Navajo Nation is miles of red tape, committees, attorneys,etc. ultimately resulting in voting on legislation during one of their scheduled sessions with a final signature by the President of the Nation.
I believe that Will Graven has worked with the Navajo Nation before. If I am not mistaken, Mr. Graven, designed the multi-media Diné Media Center that broke ground in April of 2007. So this is not the first time he has done buisness with the NN. I as a navajo, am ashamed that we have this type of leadership and representation. But these are my thoughts and my assumptions.
Bahane

Tuba City, AZ

#13 Feb 1, 2010
"...The complex still is needed, Butler said, but plans are on hold while litigation is pending."

According to the Speaker's lap dog, Josh LaVar Butler, the Speaker plans to move forward with this enormous, exclusive and swank office building. The Navajo council will not fork out any money to build a much needed rez jail, but they are more than willing to continue to stuff their faces by spending the Dineh people' money. At this point, I would rather support paying the special prosecutor close to $500k to investigate the misdeeds of the CD clowns and their cohorts.
Top Notch

AOL

#14 Feb 1, 2010
TKaya wrote:
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This Council especially this speaker has shown itself time after time to be incompetent! I may not know the bureaucracy or the "miles of red tape" but I know this. As a Navajo Voter I'm sick and tired of the secrecy,and the inability of this so called Council to act. I'm sick and tired of this so called Council hiding behind "Immunity" as a means to get away with corruption. You say Mr. Graven has "No Legal Recourse" Why Not? Why can't this so called Council be held accountable for any actions especially the Speakers office? It seems ignorance has shown itself time and time again with the Navajo Nation with regards to the NN Council. And it also seems that you may work for the Speakers office, I don't know. Transparency with any Government has always championed the people, The Navajo People are no different.
In all due respect, your assumption is also incorrect. I have no connection to the Speaker's office and am not Dine. I do know emphatically that a "Letter of Intent," just as "An Offer To Sell" is basically worthless unless the proper steps are followed.
Top Notch

AOL

#15 Feb 1, 2010
Phoenix Navajo wrote:
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I believe that Will Graven has worked with the Navajo Nation before. If I am not mistaken, Mr. Graven, designed the multi-media Diné Media Center that broke ground in April of 2007. So this is not the first time he has done buisness with the NN. I as a navajo, am ashamed that we have this type of leadership and representation. But these are my thoughts and my assumptions.
All the more reason that Mr. Graven should have known the procedures of the Navajo Nation if he had worked for them before. It does seem that if Mr. Graven is going to persist with the allegations, that he would
obtain legal counsel.
TKaya

Dalton, GA

#16 Feb 1, 2010
Top Notch wrote:
<quoted text>In all due respect, your assumption is also incorrect. I have no connection to the Speaker's office and am not Dine. I do know emphatically that a "Letter of Intent," just as "An Offer To Sell" is basically worthless unless the proper steps are followed.
LMAO Unless your with the Speakers office.
TKaya

Dalton, GA

#17 Feb 1, 2010
Top Notch sounds like a PR Lap Dog for LTM. Trying to clean up after the Speaker I see.
Chilling Yazzie

Tuba City, AZ

#18 Feb 1, 2010
This is the reason it is getting harder to get anybody to do business with the tribe. I hope the guy wins his case against the speaker. Morgan is running out of masks and funky-dootle antics. He is exposing himself for what he is, a clown. His "boot-lickers" are still hoping for a few crumbs to be thrown their way. The navajo rules and ethics office is a bigger joke.
true navajo

Washington, DC

#19 Feb 1, 2010
Get rid of the REservation Now! that is the only way..
CHIEFTAIN FAN

United States

#20 Feb 1, 2010
How about we get rid of you? Want be Navajo.
Top Notch

AOL

#21 Feb 1, 2010
TKaya wrote:
Top Notch sounds like a PR Lap Dog for LTM. Trying to clean up after the Speaker I see.
No dog, just for the rights of people. Don't know if you have noticed, but anyone can be accused of anything and it takes a great deal of money
to fight in the judicial system; money that I might add should be directed toward needy projects for the people on the reservation. There should be a presumption of innocence not a presumption of guilty. Also, just say Mr. Graven has some ground. If he was owed $250,000 for the work he completed, why does he say one million? If what we are reading is true, Graven tried to side-step the process. End of my comments.

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