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Attorneys look to Navajo Nation Supreme Court to ensure presidential election happens April 21

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WINDOW ROCK, Arizona — Attorneys in a Navajo Nation election case are asking the tribe's high court to enforce an order to hold the belated presidential contest without further delay.

Navajos were set to vote on their next president April 21.

That date is uncertain now after lawmakers approved a bill to give first priority for election funding to a referendum vote on language requirements for the tribe's top two posts. President Ben Shelly signed the bill Monday.

Attorneys David Jordan and Justin Jones filed a motion Wednesday asking the high court to ensure the April 21 election occurs and prohibit lawmakers from interfering.

The bill's sponsor, Leonard Tsosie (SOH'-see), says the high court should respect the lawmakers' decision. He says the presidential contest should not have been scheduled without the money it needed.

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