Joe Shirley Jr. Announces Bid for Navajo Nation President

Feb 28, 2014

Presidential candidates for the Navajo Nation began filing their applications today. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports a former two-term President is entering the race again, which has sparked controversy within the tribe.

Former Navajo Nation president Joe Shirley Jr. (right) announced he will run for a third term. Some on the Navajo Nation Council seek to block that from happening.

Joe Shirley Jr. was elected president of the Navajo Nation in 2002 and again in 2006. Shirley sought his third consecutive term in 2010 but was barred by tribal law. It limits presidents to two back-to-back terms. But, the current law does not ban non-consecutive third terms. The tribal council is proposing changing those rules, which would prevent Shirley from running again. The nation's general election will be held on Nov. 4.