Shirley Throws His Name Back in the Mix for Navajo President Race


Tribal elections are beginning to take shape across Indian country and for one of the largest federally recognized tribes a familiar face is jumping back into the mix. Former Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., has announced his run for a third term as Navajo President.

The current Apache County supervisor for District 1 was scheduled to pay the $1,500 filing fee at 10 a.m. at the Navajo Election Administration today.

“I decided to run because I love my Navajo Nation, I see a leadership vacuum that needs filling, there's ample opportunity for me to serve again, and I frequently hear from Navajo people who tell me they would like me to run again,” Shirley said in a press release.

Shirley became the first Navajo president to be reelected in 28 years when he served from January 2003 to January 2011. A chance at a third consecutive term was squashed in 2010, when the Navajo Nation Supreme Court ruled against it. However, the Court stated that term limits did not impose a lifetime ban on seeking a third term at another time.

“There are still Navajo people in need and there is work to be done to secure the Navajo Nation’s future,” Shirley said. “No one accomplishes anything alone. Together, we will embark on this campaign with heart, integrity, diplomacy, and a sacredness of mind."

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