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Navajo Nation holds referendum on language fluency standard
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Navajo Nation holds referendum on language fluency standard (July 20, 2015)

Tribal members will decide whether future presidential and vice presidential candidates must be fluent in the Navajo language.

Energy Department to host tribal renewable energy workshop
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Energy Department to host tribal renewable energy workshop (June 1, 2015)

Chris Deschene, a member of the Navajo Nation who is the new director of the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, will be at the event in Oklahoma.

Navajo Nation to decide on fluency requirements for candidates

Navajo Nation to decide on fluency requirements for candidates (May 29, 2015)

The language issue generated significant controversy last year when presidential hopeful Chris Deschene was removed from the ballot.

Energy Department announces new director of Indian office
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Energy Department announces new director of Indian office (May 19, 2015)

Chris Deschene is best known as the Navajo Nation presidential candidate who was ordered off the ballot last year.

Incoming leader of Navajo Nation stresses importance of youth
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Incoming leader of Navajo Nation stresses importance of youth (April 23, 2015)

Russell Begaye, who easily won the presidential election, hopes to lure young tribal members back to the reservation.

Navajo Nation voters choose Russell Begaye as next president
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Navajo Nation voters choose Russell Begaye as next president (April 22, 2015)

The former Navajo Nation Council delegate defeated former two-term president Joe Shirley Jr., according to unofficial results.

Navajo Nation candidates enter final stretch of bumpy campaign
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Navajo Nation candidates enter final stretch of bumpy campaign (April 17, 2015)

The winner of the April 21 vote -- either Joe Shirley Jr. or Russell Begaye -- will be sworn into office next month, putting an end to an unusual election season.

Navajo Nation Supreme Court rebuffs attempt to block election
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Navajo Nation Supreme Court rebuffs attempt to block election (April 14, 2015)

Tribal members will go the polls on April 21 and choose a new leader: Joe Shirley Jr. or Russell Begaye.

Navajo Nation presidential election still on tap despite meddling
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Navajo Nation presidential election still on tap despite meddling (April 13, 2015)

An election official said the vote will proceed as planned even as a new referendum regarding language fluency has already been scheduled.

Navajo Nation leaders object to presidential election on April 21
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Navajo Nation leaders object to presidential election on April 21 (April 1, 2015)

The executive and legislative branches are lashing out at the judiciary as the saga continues.

Rhianan Curley: Navajo Nation leaders destroy trust of people
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Rhianan Curley: Navajo Nation leaders destroy trust of people (March 20, 2015)

Since the primary election the Navajo Nation has been torn in two. Not by the people themselves either.

Navajo Nation Supreme Court issues decision in election dispute
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Navajo Nation Supreme Court issues decision in election dispute (February 23, 2015)

Presidential candidates Joe Shirley Jr. and Russell Begaye welcomed the ruling but the tribe's legislative leader doesn't believe the matter has been settled.

Navajo Nation Supreme Court to issue ruling in election dispute
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Navajo Nation Supreme Court to issue ruling in election dispute (February 12, 2015)

At issue is legislation passed by the Navajo Nation Council to authorize an entirely new presidential election.

Supporters of Chris Deschene still upset with handling of election
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Supporters of Chris Deschene still upset with handling of election (January 16, 2015)

The Navajo Nation entered a new year without a new president.

Controversy continues over Navajo Nation presidential election
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Controversy continues over Navajo Nation presidential election (January 5, 2015)

The tribe was supposed to have a new president by now but it looks like the election won't be held until sometime this fall.

Blog: Play-by-play of election controversy on Navajo Nation
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Blog: Play-by-play of election controversy on Navajo Nation (November 21, 2014)

Tribal members are still waiting to cast ballots and choose their next president.

Navajo Nation Council fails to override veto on language bill
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Navajo Nation Council fails to override veto on language bill (November 14, 2014)

Tribal law requires candidates for president to be fluent in the Navajo language.

Navajo Nation Council to consider language requirement veto
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Navajo Nation Council to consider language requirement veto (November 13, 2014)

The special session comes as presidential candidate Russell Begaye faces a challenge in tribal court.

Navajo Nation schedules December 23 presidential election
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Navajo Nation schedules December 23 presidential election (November 10, 2014)

The vote was originally scheduled to take place on November 4.

Navajo Nation candidate Russell Begaye names running mate
Politics

Navajo Nation candidate Russell Begaye names running mate (November 6, 2014)

Jonathan Nez represents communities in Arizona and Utah on the Navajo Nation Council.

Petition seeks removal of Navajo Nation presidential hopeful
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Petition seeks removal of Navajo Nation presidential hopeful (November 4, 2014)

Russell Begaye jumped back into the race last week after Chris Deschene was removed from the ballot.

Andrew Curley: Election flap exposes troubles in Navajo Nation
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Andrew Curley: Election flap exposes troubles in Navajo Nation (November 3, 2014)

Writer and student calls on the Navajo Nation to enact policies to sustain tribal culture rather than legislate it.

Navajo Nation postpones presidential vote as legal drama ends
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Navajo Nation postpones presidential vote as legal drama ends (November 3, 2014)

Election officials who refused to remove Chris Deschene from the ballot were held in contempt by the tribe's highest court.

Chris Deschene still urging Navajo Nation voters to choose him
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Chris Deschene still urging Navajo Nation voters to choose him (October 30, 2014)

The presidential candidate said on Facebook that he has not 'conceded' anything.

Navajo Nation president vetoes bill to address language issue
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Navajo Nation president vetoes bill to address language issue (October 29, 2014)

Candidate Chris Deschene remains on the ballot as election officials remain defiant of a court order.

Navajo Nation election officials refuse to delay upcoming vote
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Navajo Nation election officials refuse to delay upcoming vote (October 28, 2014)

Will tribal members go to the polls next week to choose a new leader?

Navajo Nation candidate Chris Deschene won't halt campaign
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Navajo Nation candidate Chris Deschene won't halt campaign (October 24, 2014)

The Navajo Nation Council passed legislation that allows voters to determine whether a candidate is fluent in the Navajo language.

Navajo Nation's top court orders new ballots without candidate
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Navajo Nation's top court orders new ballots without candidate (October 23, 2014)

The November 4 election will likely be postponed.

Christopher Chavis: Navajo court got it wrong in fluency case
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Christopher Chavis: Navajo court got it wrong in fluency case (October 22, 2014)

Law student argues that Navajo Nation presidential candidate Chris Deschene should be allowed to stay on the ballot.

Navajo Nation presidential candidate to be removed from ballot
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Navajo Nation presidential candidate to be removed from ballot (October 22, 2014)

Chris Deschene was disqualified due to his lack of fluency in the Navajo language.

Navajo Nation court still mulling decision in presidential case
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Navajo Nation court still mulling decision in presidential case (October 21, 2014)

The justices heard two hours of oral arguments in a case that's being watched across the country.

Top Navajo Nation court holds hearing in presidential dispute
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Top Navajo Nation court holds hearing in presidential dispute (October 20, 2014)

Opponents are trying to have Chris Deschene, who is not fluent in the Navajo language, removed from the ballot.

Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene remains on ballot
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Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene remains on ballot (October 14, 2014)

The board of elections will continue with the election as planned on November 4.

Navajo presidential candidate to dispute removal from ballot
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Navajo presidential candidate to dispute removal from ballot (October 10, 2014)

Chris Deschene disputed a Navajo language test that was given to a candidate for the first time in tribal history.

Navajo presidential candidate loses ruling over language ability
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Navajo presidential candidate loses ruling over language ability (October 9, 2014)

Chris Deschene refused to answer questions in the Navajo language during a videotaped deposition.

Navajo Nation won't delay election despite presidential dispute
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Navajo Nation won't delay election despite presidential dispute (October 2, 2014)

Voters will go to the polls on November 4 as originally scheduled.

Navajo presidential candidate in doubt over fluency in language
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Navajo presidential candidate in doubt over fluency in language (September 29, 2014)

The tribe's highest court affirms that Navajo language fluency is a 'reasonable' requirement for a presidential candidate.

Navajo Nation might postpone election due to legal challenge
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Navajo Nation might postpone election due to legal challenge (September 25, 2014)

A dispute over the Navajo language skills of a presidential candidate could affect the schedule.

Navajo Nation court to hear language issue affecting candidate
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Navajo Nation court to hear language issue affecting candidate (September 24, 2014)

Chris Deschene has made repeated Navajo-language gaffes on the campaign trail, according to a Navajo-speaking reporter.

Appeal filed over Navajo language ability of presidential hopeful
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Appeal filed over Navajo language ability of presidential hopeful (September 17, 2014)

Critics say Chris Deschene does not speak fluent Navajo.

Navajo Nation presidential candidate a target over fluency issue
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Navajo Nation presidential candidate a target over fluency issue (September 11, 2014)

Chris Deschene acknowledges that he isn't as fluent as he'd like to be.

Navajo voters oust incumbent president Ben Shelly in primary
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Navajo voters oust incumbent president Ben Shelly in primary (August 27, 2014)

Joe Shirley Jr., a former two-term president, will face Chris Deschene, a former state lawmaker from Arizona.