Presidential candidate former Navajo Council Delegate Russell Begaye and disqualified presidential candidate Christopher Clark-Deschene at Navajo inauguration

Here at Inauguration of 23rd Navajo Nation Council, Navajo Board of Election Supervisors, and Navajo Board of Education at the Window Rock High School Fighting Scouts Events Center in Fort Defiance, Ariz.

After Navajo Nation Speaker Pro Tem LoRenzo Bates gave the welcome address, Mistress of Ceremony Jocelyn Billy-Upshaw, a former Miss Navajo Nation, introduced dignataries.

As I was standing outside by the VIP entrance of the center, which was a few minutes ago, I noticed several of former disqualified presidential candidate Christopher Clark-Deschene’s key supporters standing at the entrance. A few minutes later, Clark-Deschene arrived.

I asked Clark-Deschene for a comment/statement on the contempt of court charge filed against 11 Navajo Council delegates and Navajo Election Administration Director Edison Wauneka for refusing to hold special presidential election before Jan. 31, 2015, which was ordered by the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.

Deschene declined to comment.

The contempt of court petition was filed by private attorneys David Jordan of Gallup, N.M., and Justin Jones of Farmington, NM, on behalf of their clients, former presidential candidates Dale Tsosie and Hank Whitethorne, with the Navajo Supreme Court at 4:42 p.m. yesterday, Jan. 12, 2015.

Navajo Nation Judicial Branch public information officer Karen Francis said this morning that a hearing on the contempt of charge petition has not been scheduled.

Among the numerous dignataries introduced by Billy-Upshaw were Clark-Deschene and presidential candidate Navajo Council Delegate Russell Begaye. Clark-Dschene received the loudest and longest applause.

Billy-Upshaw continues to introduce dignataries. It is now 11:54 p.m.

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