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Published on Sep 28, 2011
opportunity to learn more about the culture of the navajo nation. but for years ..... organizers have been under scrutiny for possibly mishandling fair money. liz lastra talked to officials about what they're doing to be more accountable. "there are some questions that need to be raised by the community" gloria emerson was just one of dozens of people who came to ask her questions to the new northern navajo nation fair board. in the past--those in charge of the shiprock fair were criticized for their lack of accountability when it came to money. with no records kept--no one knows where the money went from previous fairs. "we've heard of corruption for the last several years and it just fills me with dismay" the navajo nation is lending one hundred fifty thousand dollars to the fair board. manuelito wheeler was one of two people sent from window rock to keep track of the money. "that means we need to be... our signatures need to be on their checks before they can go out" minute thumbnail 06:46 pm "officials from window rock say it's the first time in the fair's hundred year history financial reports will be available to the public once the fair is over" "i think it will probably be one of the most accurate financial reports they've had in a long time" to prevent fraud--vendors will only allowed to pay their fees with money orders. "the fair is a major impact on our economy. the people, the vendors...and they don't want to be gauged by the fair officials" in shiprock liz lastra kob eyewitness news four. the shiprock fair start tomorrow morning at six a-m the rides open on thursday. the fair runs 12 days.