Former Navajo Nation President Milton Bluehouse Sr. dies

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GANADO, Ariz. (AP) _ A Ganado man who served six months as Navajo Nation president during a time of political upheaval has died.

Milton Bluehouse Sr. died Monday morning. He was 82.

His son, Milton Bluehouse Jr., says doctors recently discovered his father had late-stage cancer.

The elder Bluehouse became president in July 1998 after two tribal presidents facing ethics charges left office.

Albert Hale resigned rather than face prosecution on corruption charges. Thomas Atcitty took over but was removed by the Tribal Council on ethics charges.

Bluehouse had been serving as a tribal lawmaker when Atcitty appointed him vice president.

Bluehouse tried to recapture a tribal legislative seat in 2010. He echoed the words of the late Annie Wauneka at the time, saying even if he lost “I’ll go and do more.”