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Compromise and conceding defeat by Council delegate Alton Joe Shepherd named LoRenzo Bates the new speaker of the Navajo Nation Council.

A political appointee and three permanent employees say that Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly is threatening them via termination.

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly met with some members of the Navajo Nation Council Thursday to clarify his continued role as president and address other pressing issues.

The possibility of a special election to elect a new tribal president in January is now history.

The most convoluted election in the history of the Navajo Nation took another twist Monday.

With a new president and vice president conspicuously absent thanks to the continuing election brouhaha, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council took office Tuesday after an inauguration ceremony attended by about 600 people at the Fighting Scouts Events Center in Fort Defiance, Ariz.

Surrounded by friends, family and staff members, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and Navajo Vice-President Rex Lee Jim took the oath of office for the second time in a brief ceremony held in the stateroom in the president’s office.

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly will continue to serve as president until a new president is elected.

The council voted Dec. 30 to just throw out the election held in 2014 completely, and start over again.

As of noon Tuesday, there still was no indication when the Navajo voters will be going to the polls to select a new president for the Navajo Nation.