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Disqualified Navajo candidate to remain on ballot

Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene greets supporters ahead of a hearing Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Window Rock, Ariz., to determine whether Deschene is fluent enough in Navajo to qualify for the presidency. For most Navajos, the language issue goes beyond the election. It centers on how to preserve what the federal government once tried to eradicate and what parents were ashamed to teach their children. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene greets supporters ahead of a hearing Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Window Rock, Ariz., to determine whether Deschene is fluent enough in Navajo to qualify for the presidency. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

WINDOW ROCK ai??i?? The name of a disqualified Navajo presidential candidate will remain on the ballot, and the election will proceed as planned Nov. 4.

The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors met Monday and voted 7-1 in favor of holding the elections as scheduled and keeping Chris Deschene on the ballot.

Last week, a tribal hearing officer disqualified Deschene as a candidate after he refused to demonstrate whether he is fluent in Navajo, as required by tribal law. Two of Deschene’s primary opponents filed grievances over what they say is his lack of fluency.

Deschene says he’s proficient in the language and is being singled out.

Deschene has vowed to appeal to the Navajo Supreme Court. 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