- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - A bill in the Navajo Nation Council would designate the tribe’s longest-serving judge as acting chief justice.

Herb Yazzie left the post earlier this year and tapped Eleanor Shirley to oversee the tribe’s Judicial Branch until a successor is named.

Lawmakers say the law doesn’t allow for that. A measure introduced last week seeks to place Allen Sloan in the top judicial post.

The 57-year-old Sloan has been a district court judge on the Navajo Nation for 26 years and is serving in the Tuba City district. He became a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association in 1981 and was at a private practice for eight years before becoming a probationary, then permanent tribal judge.

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