Vice President of the Navajo Nation

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Vice President of the
Navajo Nation
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Flag of the Navajo Nation
Rex Lee Jim

since January 11, 2011
Term length Four years, renewable
Inaugural holder Marshall Plummer
Formation 1991
Website Vice President

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

In 2010, Ben Shelly became the first Vice President to be elected President of Navajo Nation.[1]

Office holders[edit]

Name Term Started Term Ended President of the Navajo Nation
Marshall Plummer January 15, 1991[2] January 10, 1995 Peterson Zah
Thomas Atcitty January 10, 1995 February 19, 1998[3] Albert Hale
Milton Bluehouse, Sr. February 1998 July 24, 1998[4] Thomas Atcitty
Frank Chee Willeto August 1998[5] January 12, 1999 Milton Bluehouse, Sr.
Taylor McKenzie January 12, 1999[6] January 14, 2003 Kelsey Begaye
Frank Dayish, Jr. January 14, 2003 January 9, 2007 Joe Shirley, Jr.
Ben Shelly January 9, 2007 January 11, 2011 Joe Shirley, Jr.
Rex Lee Jim January 11, 2011 Present Ben Shelly


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  2. ^ "Democracy Era Begins For Largest U.S. Tribe". New York Times. 1991-01-17. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Navajo name new present - again; Bluehouse appointed". Associated Press (Kingman Daily Miner). 1998-07-26. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  5. ^ Brunt, Charles D. (2012-06-25). "Former Navajo Code Talker Willeto Dies". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  6. ^ Rushlo, Michelle (1999-12-12). "Navajo inauguration is all-day event". Associated Press (Eugene Register-Guard (page 3A)). Retrieved 2012-07-09.