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Navajo man wants to serve tribe and New Mexico

A newly elected member of the Navajo Nation Council says he should be able to keep his job and serve in the New Mexico State Legislature.

Leonard Tsosie has served four terms in the State Senate. On November 7, he was elected to represent the Navajo communities of Whitehorse Lake, Pueblo Pintado and Torreon.

Tribal election code bars citizens from serving in two legislative bodies at once. Tsosie claims he has a right to serve because Dine traditional laws supersede the code.

But Tsosie's opponent, LaVern Wagner, says he shouldn't be allowed to hold both offices. She was voted out of office.

Get the Story:
Navajo Official Fights to Serve in 2 Chambers (The Albuquerque Journal 11/21)

Relevant Links:
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