Navajo lawmakers reject tribal medal of honor

Window Rock, Arizona (AP) 10-08

Navajo lawmakers have rejected an effort to have medals awarded to tribal veterans, saying there are more pressing needs on the reservation.

The Tribal Council voted 62-20 against the measure Oct. 21.

A spokesman for Council Speaker Lawrence Morgan, who sponsored the bill, says Morgan likely won’t resurrect the measure.

Veterans and some council delegates also expressed concern about the name of the medal – the Dine (Di-NEH’) Nation Medal of Honor – and said it would only belittle the United States’ highest award for valor in military action.

A handful of other bills, including one that would have established a Division of Dine Veterans Services, were deleted from the council’s agenda due to a lack of funds.