Navajo justices asked to weigh in on language case

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Chris Deschene By Tami Hoey Chris Deschene By Tami Hoey

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) -- The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has been asked to weigh in on a decision to keep a disqualified presidential candidate on the ballot.

A tribal hearing officer disqualified Chris Deschene (des-CHEE'-nee) last week after he refused to show he met a qualification to be fluent in the Navajo language.

The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors voted Monday to hold the election as scheduled on Nov. 4 with Deschene's name on the ballot.

Attorneys for two men challenging Deschene's candidacy say the supervisors are wrong to disregard the ruling disqualifying Deschene.

The attorneys filed a petition Tuesday asking the tribe's high court to enforce the ruling and have election officials move up the third-place finisher from the tribe's presidential primary.

Deschene has said he'll appeal the ruling.

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