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Navajo Nation Supreme Court decides against hearing

navajoFARMINGTON — The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has decided to forgo an oral argument for an appeal of a lower court’s decision that determined Navajo Nation Council Delegate Russell Begaye is qualified to run for the presidency.

In an order issued Monday, the high court stated it has “narrowed” the issues of the appeal, and “it does not require additional information from the parties.”

The high court has up to 15 days to issue a decision after an appeal is filed, according to the Navajo Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure.

Former presidential candidate Myron McLaughlin filed the appeal on Dec. 3. It asks the high court to reverse the Nov. 24 decision by the Office of Hearings and Appeals that approved Begaye’s qualifications for the presidency.

McLaughlin filed the complaint that challenged Begaye’s qualifications, alleging Begaye did not maintain an “unswerving loyalty” to the tribe through his service as a shareholder representative for the Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Co.


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