Navajo citizens in Navajo Council chambers gallery warned against public outbursts

Navajo Council Naabik’iyati Committee Chairperson LoRenzo Bates announced at 11:15 a.m. that the committee had a quorum but he has not officially called the meeting to order. It is now 11:19 a.m.

There are still a few seats in the Council chamber gallery, which is filled with Navajo citizens. I’m assuming that most of them, if not all of them, are here because of Committee member Leonard Tsosie’s Legislation 0309-14, which is to over-ride President Ben Shelly’s veto of resolution CO-47-14, “AN ACTION RELATING TO AN EMERGENCY; TO ADDRESS A MATTER WHICH DIRECTLY THREATENS THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE NAVAJO NATION; AMENDING LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS OF THE NAVAJO NATION ELECTION CODE.”

Bates has called meeting to order at 11:20 a.m. Delegate Alton Shepherd gave the innovacation. Bates then asked the citizens in the gallery to refrain from public outbursts and if there are any interruptions from the citizens, he will have those individuals removed and if the meeting continues to be interrupted, he will have everyone in the gallery removed from the Council chambers.

i asked Navajo Election Office Director Edison Wauneka for the number of votes that were cast in the Navajo Nation Nov. 4 General Election for the presidential race because of the Navajo Supreme court’s questionable ORDER. Today, I received a letter from Wauneka that the election office cannot disclose that to you. where did supreme court get that authority? As head of the Legislative Branch, I am asking you, Speaker Pro Temp Bates, to send a letter to the election office for that information. supreme court chief justice herb yazzie is overstepping his bounds. he would be the cause of the chaos and friction. that was never issue before and he’s just making up rules and orders as he goes. our lawyers are not scared of him. they don’t want to draft legislation contrary to chief justice. we want lawyers to work without contempt or disbarrment threats. according to laws, the election office and election board are under the legislative branch. we ask for those votes because they are the disenfranchised votes.

As Committee member Council Delegate Duane Tsingine was congratulating the veterans, there was a huge boom at the entrance to the Navajo Council chambers east door, which is the entrance. An elderly woman had fallen. Legislative staff quickly called an ambulance and the Naabik’iyati Committee has recessed until the ambulance arrives. It is now 11:46 a.m.

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