Shepherd makes another run at Naize

By Bill Donovan
Special to the Times

WINDOW ROCK, March 6, 2014

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Another attempt will be made to oust Johnny Naize as speaker of the Navajo Nation Council.

Alton Joe Shepherd (Jeddito/Cornfields/Ganado/Kin Dah Lichii/Steamboat) said Wednesday he plans on seeking a special session of the Council to consider a resolution he is proposing that would require Naize to step down and the Council to appoint a new speaker.

Naize would, however, continue to serve as a Council delegate.

Shepherd was the one who made an attempt during the recent winter session to get Naize removed as speaker after he was charged by the Navajo Nation Special Prosecutor with bribery and conspiracy in connection with misuse of tribal discretionary funds.

During those votes, Shepherd was able to get only 12 of the council's 24 members to support his proposal. It takes 16 to remove a speaker.

Shepherd said his second attempt to get Naize ousted stemmed from the decision on Feb. 18 by Window Rock District Court Judge Carol Perry to accept the plea agreement of Raymond Joe, a former member of the Council, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery.

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