Council OK’s referendum on pay raises for prez, vice


For nearly 30 years the salary for the Navajo Nation president has been set at $55,000 and for the vice president at $45,000.


Dwight Witherspoon

During a special Council session Friday, lawmakers approved a bill to hold a referendum for voters to decide on giving the top leaders a pay raise.

Delegate Dwight Witherspoon said getting this bill to Council has been four years in the making. He deemed it “controversial” because of the lag in the process of getting it heard for the first time.

The referendum on the pay raise will be added to the general election ballot for this coming November election. “I have never brought forth of this type of legislation … before in seven and a half years,” said Witherspoon, stating that the last referendum the Nation held cost nearly $500,000 and approving the bill could prevent that cost.

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Arlyssa Becenti reports on Navajo Nation Council, Business, Fort Defiance Agency, New Mexico State politics and Art/fashion. Her clans are Nát'oh dine'é Táchii'nii, Bit'ahnii, Kin łichii'nii, Kiyaa'áanii. She’s originally from Fort Defiance and has a degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. Before working for the Navajo Times she was a reporter for the Gallup Independent. She can be reached at