- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - A case that stemmed from the Navajo Nation Council speaker being placed on administrative leave has been referred to the tribe’s peacemaking program.

Peacemaking is a traditional method of resolving disputes in which parties talk out their differences.

Window Rock District Judge Carol Perry issued the order Wednesday referring the case. Naize says he’ll make a good faith effort to promote harmony among his colleagues.

Naize challenged the vote by lawmakers to strip him of his administrative duties, saying it was invalid and denied him due process.

Lawmakers took the action after Naize was charged with bribery and conspiracy in a criminal case. He has pleaded not guilty.

Perry put the District Court case on hold until May 31 or until she receives notice on the outcome of peacemaking.

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