MacDonald, Peter

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  • Hoshkaisith “Peter” MacDonald (1928–) was one of the most progressive yet notorious Navajo tribal chairs. First elected in 1970, he served four terms as Navajo tribal chair, with a break between 1982 and 1987. Under MacDonald, Navajo tribal government aimed to restore Navajo control over their resources, economy, legal affairs, and education among other central societal institutions. Toward the end of his administrative career, political scandals ruined his standing with the tribe and brought his case to federal authorities. The Navajo Tribal Council eventually suspended MacDonald as tribal chair. MacDonald tried to run again for the chair position in the early 1990s, but his political career was tainted by his personal legal affairs.

    MacDonald was born on December 16, 1928, in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona. MacDonald ...

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