Navajo high court to hold hearing in language case

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) -- The Navajo Nation Supreme Court is scheduled Monday to consider a petition to keep a disqualified presidential candidate off the ballot over the issue of fluency in the Navajo language.

Monday also is the deadline for Chris Deschene (des-CHEE'-nee) to appeal a hearing officer's ruling that disqualified him.

The petition to be considered by the Supreme Court was filed by lawyers for two men challenging Deschene's candidacy.

The attorneys say the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors was wrong to disregard the order disqualifying Deschene.

Deschene had refused to show he met a qualification to be fluent in Navajo.

The justices won't be considering the fluency question. They say Monday's hearing is on whether the board must enforce the disqualification order and move up the third-place finisher from the primary.

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