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Navajo Times (Newspaper) - December 29, 1983, Window Rock, Arizona Navajo limes A court room drama can also be good entertainment Sea page 12 XXV 53 Window Navajo Nation December 1983 35 cents Chief prosecutor under attack Yazzie answers charges Action against courts By iin Special to Times WINDOW ROCK In simple Prosecutor Kcc said lio is a tribal appointee wbo has to stand up Navajo and Yon are a criminal and and file criminal charges against person in I dont file charges solely for the purpose of locking people away cither but my duty is to see that justice is he said in an interview with the Navajo He is he person responsible for prosecuting all criminal cases whether they be juvenile or Before he became chief prosecutor in December he there was no direction or capable leader ship but now the prosecutors office has a juvenile sec lion with responsibilities for all juvenile matters and a whitecollar crimes investigation The white collar section looks into of fenses within the tribal government including cm and misappropriation of Since its establishment the prosecutors office has recovered about In he estimated that the team of seven in and one director has identified three or four times the amount of recoverable In the juvenile section of the prosecutors the office filed suit before the Navajo Court of Appeals two weeks to get a new juvenile court referee declared ineligible to try certain juvenile has since asked the Bureau of Indian Af fairs to step in to mediate the dispute between the courts and his See related called his area of expertise the handling of Indian Child Welfare Act His office deals with child neglect and often with child placement in Crownpoint and Tuba By nil to Ihr Timos WINDOW ROCK What started out last summer as a minor disagreement between the tribal courts and the Office of the Prosecutor has flared up into a major con It has resulted in the tribes chief prosecutor and two assistant prosecutors threatened with jail sentences in the chief prosecutor seeking aid from the federal government to force the tribal courts to hear his At the center of the dispute is Jenny who this past summer was chosen to be the Judicial first juvenile A former supervisor for the Navajo Childrens Legal Services experience in handling juvenile cases on the reservation may be too according to claims brought by Chief Prosecutor I Yazzie has been so far to file a suit before the Navajo Court of Appeals to question her ability to act impartially in a major portion of the cases that come before The reason for the Yazzie is that in her work at she supervised and took part in possibly hundreds of cases involving reservation Yazzie has been so persistent in attempting to get the court to hear his complaints that Navajo Chief Justice Jerome McCabe has threatened he and two of his staff with jail sentences if they dont stop trying to file the complaint at this Besides those already others involved in the dispute include Ted acting solicitor for the and Margaret Wilson and Vance two assistant tribal page 3 Hopi vice chairman charged with misusing tribal money Raymond Coin WINDOW ROCK A federal grand jury in Phoenix has indicted the vice chairman of the Hopi Tribal Council on three counts of tribal Raymond vice chairman of the Hopi council since Decem ber is charged with using tribal money to pay for his per sonal according to the Flagstaff office of the Federal Bureau of Coin allegedly used the a total of about under guise of purchasing equipment for the tribe from ven dors he owes money the Flagstaff FBI The vendor he owes money to is same vendor the tribe deals If Coin faces a maximum penalty for each count of or five years in The office of the chairman of the Hopi Tribal Council reports that no comment will be made un til they arc formally informed of the Coin was unavailable for The investigation started in August the FBI because people from within the Hopi Tribe came forward and said the vice chairman may be using tribal money for personal Coin is charged with violating Title section of the Code Embezzlement or theft of funds from an Indian tribal Controversy in education Zah steps in to help quell dispute Chapter manager project seeks money to keep operations going WINDOW chapter manager only three mon ths has financial The projects funding the Administration for Native Americans has told tribal officials that it is no longer in in funding the program beyond its original For this the 108 chapter many of whom have been on the job for only a few have been laid off since 16 and are waiting for tribal officials to decide on alternative funding for the We are planning to go before the Budget and Finance Com on 4 to see if some fun ds from other programs can be transferred so we can continue the said Lillie who works in the tribes Division of Community The program has been prevented from going to the committee for the transfer request because of tribal council regulations which prohibit any transfer of funds during the first three months of the fiscal she The chapter manager program has been greeted enthusiastically by chapter and council officials who see it as a giant step toward Improving chapter The each of whom makes about are respon sible for overseeing the daytoday operations of various chapter He or she is also respon sible for promoting and finding revenue sources for other projects the chapter wants to ANA officials have refused to consider refunding the said because the federal agency wants to use its fun ds primarily for new office is asking the tribe to come up with about million to fund the program for the rest of the The ANA grant for the first three months was about Were going to attempt to get some travel funds included in the Roanhorse Were very optimistic that we will get more she A lot of people have come out in We dont forsee any WINDOW a division of education staff meeting last Navajo Council Chairman Peterson Zah said that at the last three chapter meetings hes at people wanted to know just what is happening with The chairman said he chose not to attend chapter meetings he had scheduled later that day because with education as his number one it looked bad to have con in the education The controversy was about the suspensions of 21 education employees for in The suspensions were the result of a memorandum sent to Mary Helen director of he from the education workers about the reassignment of Eddie Biakeddy 9 from the education office lo he child development division and a copy was also sent to A memorandum from Wilfred administrator in he chairmans had previously informed Biakeddy of his lasting The memorandum from staff members to Creamer was wi it il to convey our serious concern over he lasting ad ministrative assignment made of Biakeddy to he Division of Navajo Child The memo cited the out standing leadership and super qualities of who has been with the education division since and requested hat his reassignment be tem The memo was signed by 21 em from program directors lo Creamer then sent a 13 memorandum to one of the em ployees stating that the action of sending a copy of the memorandum to the chairman constituted a bypassing of her o f f i c e and in According to a suspended em ployee who asked not to be iden the lasting assignment memo about reassignment came from out of the chairmans and so thats why a carbon copy was sent to the Then Creamer became angry and said the staff was in the source The source wanted to clarify that what really was the issue was Eddie The source explained that prior to the suspensions and the reassignment dial there was a bit lei si niggle between Mary Helen Franklin and Eddie is very vocal and not one lo si the source They used to accuse him of riling News focus Thorny issues face Navajos in legislatures WINDOW 1984 sessions of the New Mexico and Arizona legislatures are gearing up and among the thorny issues in the Navajo Nation is the question of Navajo participation in county government and the use of county tax money on reser vation Navajo participation and representation was the issue in a 13 vote in Navajo County in which the item up for voting was whether the board of supervisors should be increased from three to five A study committee setup by Navajo Council Chairman Peterson Zah will prepare a redistricting plan for Navajo County in the wake of election results in which voters approved the proposal to the The election is something of a defeat for spokesman who opposed the expansion they it dilutes Indian representation and is racially Pete chairman of Navajo Countys board of said the new board will guarantee that a Navajo will always be elected to the Percy a member of the board of supervisors and the study said the committee prepared for the possibility that they would lose the The next step is to prepare recommendations on how the districts should be he The only thing decided is a three to Nobody in the county how the county Other groups will be presenting he but the committees proposal will formed K benefit Navajo said he expects the battle to shift to the drawing of the Whatever plan the board agrees He U will to by the Justice The next meeting of Navajo Countys board of is Testimony ends in Times trial decision is expected in March limes Stall WINDOW Johnny former general manager of the was asked by Marshall Ionics at whether the tic of for the newspaper was ihc witness 1 made an A number of offers made to Imy the limes during the final hours of found Mac Dona Ids ad including lire pin chase by itic sale was tied by new Ionic is seeking million ten damages and ownership ot the paper 1 ended last week and lor bolh sides have weeks lo ling A decision by 1 uni 1 so is peeled in caily Mai Judge 1 su decide it the has light lo change iis mind Ihc C sale ihc 1 It 1 licy also outlined a ui a In eluding bidding the changed foi ap ol the fin which has been questioned by witnesses loi 111 eluding Nil loin Is now appointed based on population appointed bused on Mi said ap was changed lo Ian i epi on the the man changes made t ihc lull not I oin Mi waived mi and testified to lie made as ol the Navajo I in ol del to set Ml said thai even as Chall man he saw his i ulc as that ol a lu ihc people lot and money lie said newspaper was part ot Navajo people and belongs to all of the Navajo said actions of the past would be respected it they were done in the righi When werent he the past actions would be q n e s I i on c d because the looked like weic giving il a ami also made an He a ai lold him ihc tot him was million in Mi the tube on asking tot more aboul the Mi t said he lalei a liom Ionic said the papei would be sold toi Navajo owned businesses Ml Is a ol Navajo tiom the agency Aflei sale of the imes lo Ml Mi C tie planned to legal but was beaten to Coui I by then chall t nc ot the facing judge 1 so is what was allegedly sold blA didnt begin ap ihc newspaper in January because Wasnt what sold The littles aliO a shop thai Is pageJ up Pulling them behind Not true The source said that dy started out 14 years ago in the Johnson OMalley program and that many JOM staff would go to Biakeddy in the Monitoring and Evaluation office for The source said that the 21 em ployees asked for a general meeting with Un fortunately she got authority to who by that he would meet with us assistant director of the met every half hour with employees and offered two options go ahead with grievance procedures or revoke the sion and accept a verbal Those that took the verbal warning were given a drafted memo thai retracted their signature and accepted the verbal said the When public reports of the suspensions Zah agreed lo meet with the the source Zah asked Tim Clashin to draw a Yei Bei scene on the with a medicineman and two children inside the people cooking and chopping wood on the outside and people told he people at the staff meeting that the children page 5 Index Capital Talk The Navajo Tribe may soon have a new Seepage Sports Tuba Tim Morris and Lane Butler share weeks Athlete of the Week Seepage Money The breakup of A T and deregulation by the federal goverment will change telephone use in Con sumers on the Navajo Nation wont feel many of the changes for a few See page Opinion Orwells book ike predictions come true editorial article by explore the
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