Navajo Nation Delegation Still Ironing Out Issues After Three Years


More government reform may be on the horizon for the Navajo Nation.

December 15 marks the three-year anniversary of the passing of a referendum that cut the 88-delegate legislative branch to 24 delegates. That vote went before the people, who approved reducing the Council by more than two-thirds.

“The 88 delegates were a problem because there was too much leadership and they were not on the same page,” Shelly said.

Shelly, who served as vice president with former President Joe Shirley Jr., was a leading force behind the referendum, promising the reduction would streamline government business and save money.

Now Shelly says the cuts didn’t bring the desired results.

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Landry, Alysa. "Navajo Nation Delegation Still Ironing Out Issues After Three Years." Indian Country Today Media Network. November 30, 2012. Article. (, accessed November 30, 2012)