Why should Shonto voters support the referendum?
Voting for the referendum says that the people of Shonto Chapter want a government designed by them, the people, and that they seek to take a major step in achieving self-sufficiency.
The people deserve a government that is accountable, effective, and efficient.
Voting “yes” says that the community members choose a form of local governance that arises from the grassroots people and that accommodates Shonto’s diverse opportunities.
Shonto seeks to lead the Navajo Nation in government reform by being at the forefront in implementing an alternative form of governance, specifically the Council of Nat’aa/Atsilasdai, as provided for by Tribal Council legislation.
Voting “yes” to adopt the council of Nat’aa/Atsilasdai says that Shonto Chapter members want an alternative form of governance in order to move towards local empowerment and will chose the autonomy offered through the Local Governance Act by implementing a government designed by the community that is accountable to the people.
Completer referendum and voting information is available on the chapter’s web site at www.shonto.org, at the chapter house in Shonto Canyon; or by phone at 928-672-2910. A community information session will be held on Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Shonto Chapter House.
Jonathan M. Nez