Navajo Nation to swear in new leaders
January 11th, 2011
11:39 AM ET

Navajo Nation to swear in new leaders

Ben Shelly will take the oath of office Tuesday in Window Rock, Arizona, to become president of the Navajo Nation.

Shelly and Vice President-elect Rex Lee Jim have been shadowed by criminal charges stemming from an investigation into alleged misuse of discretionary funds.

The two announced Monday that they had reached an agreement with prosecutors to repay about $11,000 in exchange for dropping the charges, the Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reported. A judge has to sign off on the agreement.

The nation's new 24-member council also will be sworn in Tuesday. The council formerly consisted of 88 members.

Organizers are expecting as many as 5,000 people to attend the swearing-in festivities, all of which will be held outdoors on a day the high is expected to be 35 degrees, the Daily Times reported.

Shelly takes over for Joe Shirley Jr., who was Navajo president for eight years. Shelly was vice president the last four years.

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  1. John Doe

    The comments above made by non-native Americans toward and or against Native American citizens of this very country is truly amazing. It really highlights the level of ignorance, arrogance and hate in the United States in 2011.... The more mankind moves forward in history and technoloy etc., the more we move backward in our pathetic, primitive barbaric and sad behavior toward our fellow man. Just look at those individuals that have the gall to protest the funeral of a little innocent girl who was brutially murder in front of the rest of this country.... What has American become? the very individuals that should be crying out to "protest" this brutial murder, are the very ones that are mocking her death?

    January 12, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. SN Sailor Jane

    very well said John Doe

    January 12, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
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