Kelsey Begaye

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Kelsey A. Begaye
5th President of the Navajo Nation
In office
January 12, 1999[1] – January 14, 2003
Vice President Taylor McKenzie
Preceded by Milton Bluehouse Sr.
Succeeded by Joe Shirley Jr.
Personal details
Born January 7, 1951[1]
Kaibito, Arizona
Nationality  Navajo Nation and
Spouse(s) Marie Begaye
Occupation Politician

Kelsey A. Begaye (born January 7, 1951) was elected the fifth president of the Navajo Nation in November 1998, defeating fellow Democrat Joe Shirley, Jr. in the general election.[2] In 2002, he lost to Shirley in his bid for reelection.[3]


  1. ^ a b Rushlo, Michelle (1999-12-12). "Navajo inauguration is all-day event". Associated Press. Eugene Register-Guard (page 3A). Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  2. ^ DeFalco, Beth (Nov 3, 2002). "Navajo leader scrambling for support". Deseret News. 
  3. ^ "Joe Shirley elected Navajo Nation President"
Political offices
Preceded by
Nelson Gorman Jr.
Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council
Succeeded by
Edward T. Begay