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Some Fear Change In Navajo Fluency Law Could Erode Language

Earlier this week, a majority of Navajo Nation voters decided to eliminate the requirement that presidential and vice presidential candidates be fluent in Navajo.

That ends a battle that hit its height during last fall’s presidential campaign.

We talked to KJZZ’s Laurel Morales, who has been reporting on the issue, to find out what will change going forward.

Some are concerned that a vote like this could eventually lead to the Navajo language going away. For more insight on that, we talked to David Lightfoot, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University.

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Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.