Chris Deschene

Dec 31, 2014

Disqualified candidate in Navajo race files another appeal

A former Navajo Nation candidate for president says the order disqualifying him from the race over his lack of fluency should be thrown out after it was discovered that the hearing officer who issued it also did not qualify for his job.

Chris Deschene (AP Photo)
Nov 11, 2014

Tentative date set for Navajo presidential contest

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.

Oct 31, 2014

Navajo elections director agrees to postpone Presidential race

The elections director on the Navajo Nation says he will scrap Tuesday's presidential election and hold the contest at a later date.

Oct 28, 2014

Navajo president vetoes language-fluency changes

The president of the Navajo Nation dealt a major setback to a candidate for the tribe's top elected post when he vetoed a bill to let voters decide whether presidential hopefuls are proficient in the Navajo language.

Chris Deschene (AP Photo)
Oct 28, 2014

Navajo presidential election remains in limbo

Navajo Nation election officials are being challenged for not immediately removing a presidential candidate disqualified over a language fluency requirement from the ballot.

Oct 23, 2014

Navajo Nation Council passes emergency language requirement repeal

Shortly after midnight last night, the Navajo Nation Council voted to scrap the longstanding requirement for the tribe’s president to be fluent in the Navajo Language. The eleventh-hour vote, approved 11-10 with one abstaining, clears a path for Chris Deschene to remain on the ballot. His qualifications had been challenged over his admittedly limited ability in speaking the Navajo language.[...]

Chris Deschene (AP Photo)
Oct 23, 2014

Disqualified tribal candidate Deschene persists in campaign

A Navajo presidential candidate disqualified from the race is holding out hope that election officials and tribal lawmakers will provide a way for him to remain on the ballot, despite the long odds.

Oct 22, 2014

Tribe’s high court orders candidate off ballot

A candidate for tribal president on the nation's largest Indian reservation lost another round in a language fluency dispute Wednesday, all but ending his bid for office.

Oct 13, 2014

Disqualified Navajo candidate to remain on ballot

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

Chris Deschene (AP Photo)
Oct 9, 2014

Ruling against Navajo presidential candidate over language fluency

A candidate for president on the nation's largest Indian reservation could be removed from the ballot just weeks before the general election after he refused to show whether he is fluent in Navajo as required by tribal law. In a hearing that underlined the importance of the language to the Navajo Nation, an administrative court officer said he had no choice but to rule against Chris Deschene.

Chris Deschene (AP Photo)
Sep 29, 2014

Navajo high court weighs case on language fluency

The decision about whether Navajo Nation presidential candidate Chris Deschene speaks Navajo fluently enough to be on the ballot is headed back to a lower tribal court after a Navajo Nation Supreme court ruling Friday.

Nov 3, 2010

Bennett cruises to reelection as secretary of state

Republican Ken Bennett will continue as Arizona's secretary of state. Bennett, who was appointed to the position when Jan Brewer was elevated to governor last year, defeated Democrat Chris Deschene in the Nov. 2 election.