President of the Navajo Nation

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Ben Shelly
Ben Shelly

President of the Navajo Nation

The office of President of the Navajo Nation was created in 1991 following restructuring of the national government. The president and vice president are elected every four years.

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Name Term Started Term Ended Vice President of the Navajo Nation
Peterson Zah January 15, 1991 January 10, 1995 Marshall Plummer
Albert Hale January 10, 1995 February 19, 1998 Thomas Atcitty
Thomas Atcitty February 19, 1998 July 23, 1998 Milton Bluehouse, Sr.
Milton Bluehouse, Sr. July 24, 1998 January 12, 1999 Frank Chee Willeto (from August 1998)
Kelsey Begaye January 12, 1999 January 14, 2003 Taylor McKenzie
Joe Shirley, Jr. January 14, 2003 January 11, 2011 Frank Dayish, Jr. (2003-2007)
Ben Shelly (2007-2011)
Ben Shelly January 11, 2011 Present Rex Lee Jim

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