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Tsosie v. Deschene

Navajo Nation Supreme Court
Nos. SC-CV-57-14, SC-CV-58-14, 12 Am. Tribal Law 55 (2014)


Christopher C. Deschene (defendant) ran for president of the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Election Administration certified Deschene as eligible to run for president prior to the primary election. Deschene received 9,831 votes in the primary election and advanced to the general election as one of the top two candidates. Tsosie and others (plaintiffs) sued to disqualify Deschene, alleging that he had falsely avowed on his candidate application that he spoke and understood the Navajo language fluently, as required by the Navajo Election Code. Deschene challenged the fluency requirement, contending that it was ambiguous and discriminatory against younger people, who were less likely to speak Navajo.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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