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Supreme Court to hear Deschene case

Supreme Court to hear Deschene case

CHINLE – The Navajo Nation Supreme Court will hear oral arguments concerning whether Christopher Clark Deschene should be disqualified from running for Navajo Nation president because he is not fluent in the Navajo language, a court employee confirmed Wednesday.

The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in the Navajo Nation District Court in Tuba City.

The hearing is in response to an appeal filed Monday by former presidential contender Dale E. Tsosie, who had filed a grievance against Deschene with the Navajo Office of Hearings and Appeals.

About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at


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