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Tentative date set for Navajo presidential contest

Chris Deschene (AP Photo)

Chris Deschene (AP Photo)

WINDOW ROCK ai??i?? Navajo voters are scheduled to go to the polls just before Christmas to choose their next president.

The Navajo Election Administration tentatively has set the election for Dec. 23.

The presidential contest was separated from the Nov. 4 general election after Chris Deschene was disqualified for failing to show he could speak fluent Navajo.

Tribal lawmaker Russell Begaye took his spot on the ballot, but his candidacy is being challenged. He is facing former President Joe Shirley Jr.

A grievance filed against Begaye alleges financial improprieties and questions his loyalty to the tribe. Begaye says it’s a ploy to knock him out of the race.

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