Former Navajo Nation Council delegates take plea deals in discretionary fund case
FARMINGTON — Two former Navajo Nation Council delegates have entered into plea agreements after being charged with misusing the council's discretionary fund.
Harry H. Clark, who represented Chinle Chapter in Arizona, and Jack Colorado, who represented Bodaway-Gap, Cameron and Coppermine chapters in Arizona, both pleaded no contest to damaging the people's confidence in the Navajo Nation government.
As part of the plea agreements, Clark admitted to providing $22,600 in financial assistance to family members of four former delegates, and Colorado admitted to issuing $16,400 in financial assistance to family members of five former delegates.
The discretionary fund was established for delegates to provide financial help to tribal members dealing with emergencies or financial hardships.
The tribe agreed to dismiss with prejudice six counts of bribery each man faced after acceptance of the plea deals and final sentencing, according to court documents.
Window Rock District Court Judge Carol Perry accepted both agreements on Monday, which was the day a jury trial for both men was scheduled to begin.