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Ruling Made against Navajo Candidate in Language Case

A Navajo court has disqualified a tribal presidential candidate running for the top elected post on the largest U.S. Indian reservation because he has refused to demonstrate his fluency in the Navajo language. Chris Deschene, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and a lawyer, refused to answer questions in the Navajo language Thursday at a hearing in Arizona. A tribal election law requires Navajo presidential candidates to speak Navajo fluently. Deschene said it is not fair that he is...

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