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4/29/2014 11:07:00 AM
Letter to the editor: Pray for guidance as election approaches

We know what occurred in 1989, a tribal government unrest. The tribal council became the Navajo Nation council. Thus, since that time it has been the position of Navajo advocates that the Navajo Nation council is not a recognized sovereign of the Navajo people. It is said that the Navajo electorate have not voted in sanctioning the council's authority through a referendum ballot.

Unfortunately, our Diné é in general have not really become aware of this significant flaw of the present tribal government. In other words, as Navajo electorates, we have not been given a chance to decide what our "will" is, in reference to it being part of our right to self-governance by taking charge of this Diné nation.

Moreover, the tribe's Title II Amendment was not ever brought before Diné voters to endorse their power of "they the people" so they could be part of this self-governing endeavor. It is quite evident that this statement "the governing body" needs to be returned to the Navajo people.

This could be done through the Diné people sanctioning it by a referendum vote. On the other hand, any one of the three branches could singly decide to do whatever they think is in their interest. This is the prevailing problem in Diné governing of the Navajo Nation's government and if is not corrected by the Navajo electorate, the dilemma of disordered governmental system will continue.

Diné need to understand the dire importance of this predicament of "keeping in check." It is a burden of responsibility of our tribal electorate. The real understanding of "we the people" must be realized by all Navajos, especially the younger generation. It is their rightful authority being foremost a guardian electorate who has the power of the governing accountability.

And the idea of Navajos having sovereignty or having the answerable governing power called the willpower of the people. This very integrity must and needs to be respected by all its elected leaders when they take office to make an oath to uphold the Diné's agency.

In the present situation, the federal government and earlier tribal council tried to undertake in assigning one of the branches to be the governing body of the Navajo Nation. The Navajo people should be the essential governor of the Navajo Nation, as it had been previously valued in Diné's historic times. It was a period when naalchi or naat`áanii was esteemed leader to guide Diné nation before the white man came into our territory.

Along those lines, it might be because of that first fabricated Navajo government in earlier days that this present epidemic of hunger for public cash is unbecoming in the face of an accountability notion. It would be devastating if and when Navajo electorates go to the polls to nominate the same politicians into office again.

On the other hand, wouldn't it be wise for our Navajo electorate to vote in putting a fresh slate or to start with a harmless precaution instead of guessing?

Needlessly, some may still try to embarrass our Nation no matter what but it is only by our prayers that the good will prevail eventually. So, take note carefully and ask questions of each candidate and then truly pray for guidance. This election might be the most critical time to be extra levelheaded of what's said to avoid any fallacy. It is vital we vote in an insightful manner earch four year election cycle.

Aldolph June, Jr.

Kaibeto, Ariz.

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