Former Navajo lawmakers will face sentencing
Council delegates will be sentenced this week for their involvement in abusing a financial assistance program designed to help tribal members facing financial hardship.
Former delegates Ernest D. Yazzie Jr., David L. Tom, Leonard Teller, Raymond Joe, Harry J. Willeto, Jack Colorado, Harry Williams Sr., Harry H. Clark, Orlanda Smith-Hodge, Lena Manheimer, George Arthur, Johnny Naize and Lawrence T. Morgan will each have a sentencing hearing on Wednesday in Window Rock District Court in Window Rock, Ariz. The hearings are set to start at 8:30 a.m.
Naize became the first elected speaker under the 24-member council in January 2011 but resigned in September 2014 after he was charged with 11 counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery in connection to misusing the discretionary fund.