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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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Four Corners Observer

Tuba City, AZ

#22 Feb 1, 2010
Just change the "Navajo Nation" to "Haiti", "Libya" or "Saudi Arabia" and there will be no difference.

What an embarrassment! Where's he from?
Idiots one and all

Albuquerque, NM

#23 Feb 1, 2010
Wow, shocker, another corrupt Navajo Official. I read this article and it was obvious these Navajo Officials can make up the rules as they go along to best suit their needs. There is absolutely no checks and balances in Native government!
Pourquoi

Page, AZ

#24 Feb 1, 2010
Morgan is trying to hide behide sovereign immunity but the Halona v. MacDonald case showed that is illegal and not workable. He has his chunky liar, I mean spokesman, trying to spin the case but here's the facts:

1. Google "Navajo" and "Will Gravens" and several press releases by Morgan that gush all over Gravens as the best friend of the Nation. Those press releases go from 2003 to 2007. When did they figure out they didn't want to work with him? Why did it take four years to figure out the alleged due diligence?

2. Morgan partnered with his buddies from Texas, remember his longhorns?, to secure funding, as well as a loan from Key Bank to pay for the $50,000,000.00 project. The Council did not follow although they had already secured bids and plans- if the politicians, who supposedly know Navajo laws, did not follow Procurement Act, is it the vendors responsiblity to clean up their mistakes?

3. Halona v. MacDonald allows for assets to be seized under conviction. If you search New Mexico court cases you'll find 5 cases against Lawrence T. Morgan for bankruptcy and fraudulent credit charges. He has had furniture, homes, and cars seized over the years. One more case would cripple him and make him void his Deferred Compensation from the Nation.

4. Where is the Ethics Office? You have Morgan accused of fraudulently dealing with his old allies- George Arthur, Marcela King, and Ray Russell all accused of misspending $50,000.00 from the Special Needs Rodeo; missing longhorn cattle still; as well as tens of thousands missing from the Parks & Recreation department for other Window Rock events. Where is our Ethics department? Is there justice on Navajo?
Texas doola bi chaan

Page, AZ

#25 Feb 1, 2010
duh wrote:
Sounds fishy if craven is representing himself...
what is he hiding?
What is being hidden from the Navajo people by Morgan's buddies in Johnson City? I smell longhorn bs!
TKaya

Dalton, GA

#26 Feb 1, 2010
Top Notch wrote:
<quoted text>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.
I don't know if you've notice but if someone has a grievance they take them to court. This is why we have a court system, but I'm sure you knew that. We don't know if Mr. Graven is lying, the burden of proof is on him. But we don't know if the Speaker has done wrong. If LTM has nothing to hide then going to court and proving his innocence should not be a problem. Have you been living under a rock, scandal after scandal ,corruption after corruption has plagued the Navajo Nation Government especially the speakers office. Come on "Dogg" I wasn't born yesterday, of course taking someone to court cost money.
Kayenta Rose

Tempe, AZ

#27 Feb 1, 2010
First rule of business: Never ever ASSume any details. Contracts are binding and even a first-year business student (such as I) knows that!

Also, Morgan is going to hide behind immunity like the way a snot-nosed-dry-faced-ratted-ha ir little Navajo boys does behind nali's calico skirts.

This is just sad because now you know why white-America business people don't want to do business with Natives.

I mean...HELLO?(Shirley's administration is just LOVIN this!).

Since: Oct 09

Farmington, NM.

#28 Feb 1, 2010
There are parts of the Reservation lacking running water, but these goons are lacking a helicopter pad. It's sad to see that the government officials have prioritized their own desires over the needs of their people!
of course

Fort Worth, TX

#29 Feb 1, 2010
I believe it, the Navajo Nation is corrupt. Then, when you seek the justice, "There's not enough evidence to pursue the case" slogan is thrown at you. Then all the higher-ups use their "I'll scratch you back if you scratch mine" connections to back them up. Well, it's good to know that the Navajo Nation is consistent in all its departments.
Dine Member

Florence, AL

#30 Feb 1, 2010
Before we all jump to conclusions and take justice into our own hands, allow the legal process its course. Should the findings reveal Graven is crying 'wolf' when in fact he was also the culprit he should pay be required to repay all associated legal costs to the Navajo Nation. My understanding of contract law tells me not all elements were met. Soory Graven, you are barking up the wrong tree. I would also question why you did not demand all dealings to be put in writing and it appears you may have done work for the NN before-you should have known the procurement process. I smell a rat.
Dine Member

Florence, AL

#31 Feb 1, 2010
It is difficult to phathom the Speaker and rest of CDs in their swimming shorts lounging around the roof top swimming pool. Hey, maybe we have some undiscovered Olympian swimmers or divers. Perhaps some toned and fit physiques under the western shirts and wranglers. Come on Graven-we are not all that gullible.
TomS

Tucson, AZ

#32 Feb 1, 2010
If the standard Navajo Govt. Department Office worker, Joe or Jane Navajo w/ a college degree from NAU did what SPeaker Morgan, would Joshua Bulter be speaking on their behalf - defending if necessary?

What Speaker Morgan needs is a verbal reprimand from his co-horts to bring further degradation to an inept Navajo Legislative Government.

If this were a case of 'obligating' the FEderal Government without federal funding, ANTI_DEFICIENCY, then the person found guilty of such crimes would be sent to FEderal Prison.....but then again, this is a Indian Tribal Government and Barrack Obama needs their support in 2010 and 2012...
Harvey

San Jose, CA

#33 Feb 1, 2010
Maybe they were joking about it over a few drinks, then this broke architect figured he could pull a 'trading post' gimmick on em.
TomS

Tucson, AZ

#34 Feb 1, 2010
Harvey wrote:
Maybe they were joking about it over a few drinks, then this broke architect figured he could pull a 'trading post' gimmick on em.
...Yes, Speaker Morgan, the Architect of a decrepit govt. system, thought "HE" could play trading post man-crook on the architect shyster-man.
Same old thing

United States

#35 Feb 1, 2010
Same song, different verse. One con man trying to con another. Graven running a scam on Morgan and Morgan running a scam on Graven. Hey, it's tribal politics, what else is new.
Native American

Tuba City, AZ

#36 Feb 1, 2010
Top Notch-AOL.....actually yur one of LTM's loonie and you're a Dine seat in the middle of the Council chamber.Yur pretty goood in lieing,enjoy buddy. Besides LTM has no leadership skills and look what he has done to the members of the Tribal Council.
Chilling Yazzie

Tuba City, AZ

#37 Feb 1, 2010
Dine Member wrote:
Before we all jump to conclusions and take justice into our own hands, allow the legal process its course. Should the findings reveal Graven is crying 'wolf' when in fact he was also the culprit he should pay be required to repay all associated legal costs to the Navajo Nation. My understanding of contract law tells me not all elements were met. Soory Graven, you are barking up the wrong tree. I would also question why you did not demand all dealings to be put in writing and it appears you may have done work for the NN before-you should have known the procurement process. I smell a rat.
I feel you are somewhat correct. Graven HAS done work for the tribe before. He KNOWS how the corrupt system works, he has probably worked it before. This time, Morgan sold out to a higher bidder, and it broke Graven's heart. He should know there is no honor amoung theives. He proceeded with the work on "good faith" and hope that he would be paid. Why? Because he was already playing under the table with Morgan. Somewhere along the line, their little deal fell apart when Morgan got some better action from a bigger player.
N8V Lady

Albuquerque, NM

#38 Feb 2, 2010
This is a typical hang around the fort "loafer" native dude that has gotten overly greedy and thinks that he can spend the people's money as he sees fit. THEN attempts to hide behind the sovereignty curtain. NO tribe in the US is sovereign, as long as we receive money or as whites say "handouts" from the US government we ARE NOT sovereign. This is a mold that needs to be broken as it seems to affect every tribe in the US. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid. Money and greed can drive any one crazy!
The East Beast

Albuquerque, NM

#39 Feb 2, 2010
I've seen Will Graven wolfing around Window Rock looking for work. His company is aggressive about going after work on Navajo. A smart businessman would know if he has the "inside track" while doing business with a government leader. Will Graven should have asked, "did this project go out to bid?" Then he should have asked, "why am I entitled to get this job of designing a new building for the Navajo government?" When conversing with any tribal leader across the country, you have to be very cautious while at the same time, you have to watch out for some guys who wolf around wanting to ride your coattails like that guy from Lodgebuilders, LLC.
TDT

Placitas, NM

#40 Feb 2, 2010
How can two (LTM & Graven) losers make a case of this predicament. Two wrongs don't make a right. They both should do community service for the Tribe in orange jump suits.*LoL*
Ben

Hillsboro, TN

#41 Feb 8, 2010
high! George

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