Zah, Peterson

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  • Peterson Zah (1937–) was president of the Navajo Nation, the first person elected under that official title. He acted as president from 1991 until 1994. He also served as the Navajo tribal chairman from 1983 to 1987. Zah played a major part in spearheading governmental reforms for the Navajo Nation, known as the Reform Project, beginning in 1982. Each sector of Navajo government faced adaptations during Zah's years of presidency to ensure a balanced, well-controlled functioning of Navajo affairs and politics. Under Zah's direction, the Navajo government was shaped in the image of U.S. democracy that guarded the separation of powers and provided checks and balances in the branches of government. Zah also acted as a constant critic of Navajo politics that he deemed corrupt ...

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