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Navajo council online stream draws new viewers

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- When the Navajo Nation Council met for its fall session, it had a whole new set of eyes watching.

The quarterly meeting was broadcast live on the Internet in an attempt at transparency. The tribe's legislative branch also posted bills online and solicited written comments on them.

The broadcast has drawn praise and criticism for things that only people who attended the council sessions in the tribal capital of Window Rock previously could see.

The platform used by the tribe allows people to make comments that are displayed alongside the video. That didn't sit well with at least lawmakers who characterized some remarks as trash-talking and said tribal employees shouldn't take part during work hours.

One viewer boiled down the lawmakers' concerns to a fear of social media and technology.

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