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"The sovereign Navajo Nation has the powers to make laws, execute its laws, and interprets its laws. The Navajo Nation Council enacts the laws; the Executive Branch executes those laws; and the Navajo Nation Courts interprets those laws." (Judicial Branch Brochure)

On December 15, 1989, the Navajo Tribal Council restructured the Navajo government. The amendments to Title Two became effective on April 1 , 1990. A key part of this reorganization separated the responsibilities of the Chairman into two distinct functions creating the Speaker of the Council and the President of the Navajo Nation. The President, who's responsibilities are similar to that of the United States President, carries out laws enacted by the Council and oversees the Executive Branch. The Speaker presides over the Council and oversees the Legislative Branch. For the first time in the Navajo Nation government, statutorily, the separation of powers concept was practiced by the Navajo government.

From: Navajo Nation Government, Fourth Edition, Office of Navajo Government Development, Window Rock, Navajo Nation.


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