President of the Navajo Nation

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President of the Navajo Nation
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Flag of the Navajo Nation
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Incumbent
Ben Shelly

since January 11, 2011
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Peterson Zah
Formation 1991
Website www.president.navajo-nsn.gov

The office of President of the Navajo Nation was created in 1991 following restructuring of the national government. The president and vice president are elected every four years.

As outlined in the Navajo Nation Code §1001-1006, office holders have to be fluent in the Navajo language among other declared qualifications.[1]

Presidential line of succession[edit]

The Navajo Nation Code defines who may become or act as President upon the absence of a sitting president or a president-elect. Should the President, under circumstances outlined in the Navajo Nation Code at §1005(d)-1006, be unable to serve out his full term, then the Vice President shall act in his place for the remainder of the term, or until the President is able to resume his duties. §1006 of the Code instructs, that in the event a vacancy should "occur in the Office of President and Vice President, the Speaker shall serve as President of the Navajo Nation until a special election is held." The Speaker does not relinquish his Speaker duties whilst acting as interim President.

Office holders[edit]

Name Term Started Term Ended Vice President of the Navajo Nation
Peterson Zah January 15, 1991[2] January 10, 1995[3] Marshall Plummer
Albert Hale January 10, 1995[3] February 19, 1998[4] Thomas Atcitty
Thomas Atcitty February 19, 1998[4] July 23, 1998[5] Milton Bluehouse, Sr.
Milton Bluehouse, Sr. July 24, 1998[5] January 12, 1999[6] Frank Chee Willeto (from August 1998)
Kelsey Begaye January 12, 1999[6] January 14, 2003 Taylor McKenzie
Joe Shirley, Jr. January 14, 2003[7] January 11, 2011 Frank Dayish, Jr. (2003-2007)
Ben Shelly (2007-2011)
Ben Shelly January 11, 2011 January 13, 2015 Rex Lee Jim
§1006 directive January 13, 2015 To be determined vacant

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fonseca, Felicia (September 11, 2014). "Language factors into race for Navajo president". Houston Chronicle. 
  2. ^ "Democracy Era Begins For Largest U.S. Tribe". New York Times. 1991-01-17. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  3. ^ a b "President-elect Albert Hale Plans Changes For Navajos". Associated Press (Kingman Daily Miner). 1995-01-09. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  4. ^ a b Becenti, Deenise (1998-02-20). "With Law on Heels, Navajo Boss Quits; Hale Steps Down As Navajo Boss". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  5. ^ a b "Navajo name new present - again; Bluehouse appointed". Associated Press (Kingman Daily Miner). 1998-07-26. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  6. ^ a b Rushlo, Michelle (1999-12-12). "Navajo inauguration is all-day event". Associated Press (Eugene Register-Guard (page 3A)). Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  7. ^ "Navajo inauguration is all-day event". Indianz.com. 2003-01-08. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 

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