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The Navajo Nation has been in the news this fall as officials debated one qualification of presidential candidate Chris Deschene. The Navajo Nation requires that candidates for president are fluent in the Navajo language and a lawsuit was filed to challenge Deschene’s language skills. Tribes have many qualifications for potential leaders, including age, education and residency. What qualifications are the most important to you? Do you want your leaders to have advanced degrees? Do we want them to know your tribe’s language? Tell us what makes you confident a candidate is qualified to lead your tribe.
Marley Shebala (Navajo/Zuni) – independent journalist with Dine Resources and Information Center
Jaynie Parrish (Navajo) – community organizer
Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock) – journalist
Break Music:Sewa Ania (song) Gabriel Ayala (artist) Live At the Mission (album)