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Navajo Supreme Court Clarifies Source For Funding Election

Apr 14, 2015

 

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The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has settled the question of how to fund a belated presidential election.

The court says the tribe's controller can use money from a fund used to satisfy legal judgments and claims against the Navajo Nation.

The opinion came after the tribe's Department of Justice asked the court to clarify how $317,000 legally could be transferred to the election office.

Navajo Attorney General Harrison Tsosie said Tuesday that his office is evaluating the court's opinion.

The presidential contest originally set for Nov. 4 was pushed back as the qualifications of some candidates were challenged and lawmakers attempted to switch up election law.

It's now scheduled April 21 between former President Joe Shirley Jr. and former lawmaker Russell Begaye.