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Navajo electee hit with abuse protection order

A New Mexico lawmaker whose election to the Navajo Nation Council is the subject of dispute has been hit with a temporary domestic abuse protection order.

The order requires State Senator Leonard Tsosie to stay at least 100 yards away from Lavern Wagner, an outgoing delegate. Wagner has accused Tsosie of harassment.

The dispute stems from Tsosie's election to Wagner's chapter in the Navajo Council. Wagner claims Tsosie can't serve in the New Mexico Legislature and the council at the same time.

Wagner says Tsosie harassed her on Election Day for passing out portions of the tribal election code that bar delegates from serving in two legislative bodies. Tsosie says he will fight to keep both jobs.

If Tsosie is ineligible to serve, Wagner would rejoin the council.

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Protection order upsets Tsosie (The Gallup Independent 11/22)

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