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First woman to head Navajo Supreme Court dies

Claudeen Bates-Arthur, the first woman Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, passed away on Saturday after a long illness. She was 62.

Bates-Arthur was confirmed to her post in October 2003. She was nominated by President Joe Shirley Jr., who said she served with "honesty, integrity, and impartiality."

Bates-Arthur was a 1974 graduate of the Arizona State University Law School. She was the tribe's first woman attorney general.

Funeral services are scheduled today. Shirley proclaimed a �Day of Remembrance� on December 9.

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