Attempt to override veto fails in Navajo Council

Flagstaff, Arizona (AP) November 2010

An attempt by three Navajo lawmakers to override a presidential veto of a wind energy project in Cameron has failed.

The Tribal Council voted 57-27 last week against the override during a special session in Window Rock. The measure needed 59 votes, or two-thirds of the 88-member council, to pass.

Tribal President Joe Shirley Jr. said the project wouldnÂ’t give the tribe a controlling interest and lacked required reviews.

But he says he was most troubled by a statement made on the council floor by a lawmaker, who said he was offered a bribe to support the project.

Raymond Maxx, a co-sponsor of the override measure, said the project was important in moving the tribe toward an economy that focuses on renewable energy.