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Nez elected to lead Navajo Nation, warns of tough times

Nez elected to lead Navajo Nation, warns of tough times

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Jonathan Nez has been elected president of the Navajo Nation and is warning of tough times ahead for the tribe on the largest Native American reservation in the U.S. Unofficial election results for the reservation in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah show Nez overwhelmingly beat former […]

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Nez leads Shirley in vote for Navajo Nation presidency

Nez leads Shirley in vote for Navajo Nation presidency

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez had a significant lead late Tuesday over his opponent in the race for the tribe’s top post in an election marred by widespread reports of ballot shortages. Nez had nearly double the votes of former two-term President Joe Shirley Jr. […]

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Navajo Nation president endorses former leader over his VP

Navajo Nation president endorses former leader over his VP

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation president is endorsing a man he beat for the job in the last election cycle to succeed him. Russell Begaye announced his endorsement of Joe Shirley Jr. on Monday at a campaign event in Albuquerque. He says Shirley, who served two terms as […]

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Seasoned politicians face off in Navajo presidential race

Seasoned politicians face off in Navajo presidential race

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — On the vast Navajo Nation, the needs are many: more police officers and better pay, housing, social services, roads and water. With the expected closure of a coal-fired power plant and mine on the reservation next year, financial resources will dwindle. The task of replacing roughly […]

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Navajo court rules in favor of former two-term president

Navajo court rules in favor of former two-term president

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Former two-term Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. can continue his run for the tribe’s top elected office. The Navajo Nation Supreme Court made the decision Thursday after hearing an appeal on term limits. One of Shirley’s primary challengers, Vincent Yazzie, had argued the court […]

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Navajo Nation vice president to continue presidential bid

Navajo Nation vice president to continue presidential bid

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Nation official has determined that the tribe’s current vice president is still eligible to continue running for tribal presidency despite leaving out a 2002 misdemeanor conviction out of his candidate application. The Farmington Daily Times reported Wednesday that former presidential candidate Vincent H. Yazzie filed a […]

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Navajo VP faces challenge in bid for presidency

Navajo VP faces challenge in bid for presidency

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s vice president is facing a challenge in his bid for the tribe’s top elected post. One of Jonathan Nez’s primary election opponents alleges Nez failed to disclose a misdemeanor conviction for drunken driving in 2002. Nez’s campaign acknowledges the conviction but says Vincent […]

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Navajo candidates endorse Lujan Grisham for New Mexico gov

Navajo candidates endorse Lujan Grisham for New Mexico gov

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The remaining two presidential candidates of the nation’s largest American Indian reservation have endorsed Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham for New Mexico governor. Navajo Nation presidential candidates Jonathan Nez and Joe Shirley Jr. said Thursday they were supporting Grisham over Republican Steve Pearce because of her record […]

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Navajo presidential hopeful had to choose new running mate

Navajo presidential hopeful had to choose new running mate

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A former two-term Navajo president seeking to recapture the office was forced to pick another vice presidential candidate Tuesday after discovering his earlier choice wasn’t eligible because he isn’t registered to vote. Joe Shirley Jr., who left the presidency in 2011, announced the selection of high […]

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Navajo presidential candidates to pick running mates

Navajo presidential candidates to pick running mates

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the selection of Navajo Nation vice presidential candidates (all times local): 4 p.m. A Navajo presidential candidate has selected a new running mate after finding out his previous pick was ineligible. Joe Shirley Jr. chose Buu Van Nygren, a 31-year-old with a […]

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