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
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