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Long-awaited presidential contest on country's largest American Indian reservation set


WINDOW ROCK, Arizona — Navajo voters are scheduled to go to the polls in April to elect the next president on the country's largest American Indian reservation.

The presidential contest had been embroiled for months in court challenges, protests, and attempts by tribal lawmakers to switch up election law and reinstate candidates.

Last week, the tribe's high court struck down a bill allowing a new primary election and ordered that a general election between Russell Begaye and Joe Shirley Jr. be held without further delay.

Tribal officials announced Monday that the election is scheduled for April 21.

The Navajo Nation Council is meeting this week to vote on funding the special election.

Ben Shelly will continue serving as the tribe's top leader until a new president is sworn in May 12.

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