Leonard Haskie


Age: 71

former interim chairman of Navajo Nation who oversaw the tribe during one of its most tumultuous times when tribal lawmakers elected him to serve as interim chairman in 1989 after then-chairman Peter MacDonald was put on leave over a corruption scandal, but who was at the helm when MacDonald vowed to take back the chairmanship (MacDonald's supporters tried to overthrow the government inciting a deadly riot in Window Rock, New Mexico), in which restructured the government and created an executive branch with a president and judicial and legislative branches after recognizing the chairmanship had too much power.

Cause of Death: Cancer

Born: May 31, 1944

Died: December 6, 2015

Shiprock, New Mexico