Tribal leader in favor of December measure placed on leave

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November 11, 2009

Arizona: Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. was placed on administrative leave by the Tribal Council on October 26, 2009. Ironically, Shirley has been promoting a measure that will appear on the December ballot that would reduce the number of tribal council members.

According to news outlets, council members received reports relating to Shirley and his dealings with contractors who provide satellite and wireless services to the tribe and a loan agreement. According Shirley, Jr.: "I wasn't informed about what the allegations are," he said in a news release. "All that's out there is hearsay. . . . I certainly believe I'll be exonerated. We've got nothing to hide."[1]