Quorum becomes hot topic


Special to the Times | Ray Landry
Eugenia Charles-Newton 

Delegate Eugenia Charles-Newton, chair of the Law and Order Committee, is unhappy that her committee fails to meet quorum and asked for guidance on how to fix the issue.

In statements to the Naabik’iyáti’ Committee, Charles-Newton, who represents Shiprock, got her report on the committee’s agenda last Thursday and said the issue of not meeting quorum is a hindrance that has happened on many occasions. She said she knows other committees are dealing with the same problem.

“I feel like it’s an issue that needs to be addressed right away,” she said. “I’m asking you to help me understand what my responsibility is as Council. Perhaps I’m reading Title 2 differently.” Law and Order is one of five standing committees and, according to Title 2 of the Navajo Nation Code, if a delegate is absent for a certain number of meetings then the delegate’s seat can be considered vacant, said Charles-Newton.

“I’m very direct,” she said. “We are elected officials. We are the voice of our people, we are the voice of our agency and if we can’t meet quorum we lose out on providing the voice of our people.”

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Arlyssa Becenti

Arlyssa Becenti reports on Navajo Nation Council, Business, Fort Defiance Agency, New Mexico State politics and Art/fashion. Her clans are Nát'oh dine'é Táchii'nii, Bit'ahnii, Kin łichii'nii, Kiyaa'áanii. She’s originally from Fort Defiance and has a degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. Before working for the Navajo Times she was a reporter for the Gallup Independent. She can be reached at abecenti@navajotimes.com.