Navajo Nation Council Spring Session begins

Council honors contributions of educators, elders, and youth

News Release

24th Navajo Nation Council - Office of the Speaker

The Navajo Nation Council Spring Session begins today at 10:00 am at the Navajo Nation Council Chamber.

I want to welcome my colleagues, visiting dignitaries, and most importantly, our Navajo people to the Council Chamber this week,” said Speaker Seth Damon (Bááháálí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Tsé Lichíí’, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh). 

By statute, the Navajo Nation Council meets four times per year in regular session. The Spring Session occurs on the third Monday of April. 

To start the session, the following groups will perform the opening activities of the session. 

  • The Chinle High School JROTC, from Chinle, Ariz., will post the colors. 
  • Penelope Joe will sing the national anthem. She is Ms. Ganado 2018-19.
  • Rose M. Smith will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, representing the Navajo Foster Grandparents Program.
  • Milt Shirleson, from Western Indian Ministries, will provide the invocation.

Additionally, the council will recognize several individuals and programs for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Navajo people. 

Wilhemina Yazzie, who was a lead plaintiff in the groundbreaking Yazzie/Martinez vs. State of New Mexico case, will be honored for her leadership in ensuring that all New Mexico students have access to a free education the prepares them for careers and further education. Her son, Xavier Nez, who was also plaintiff, will be honored as well. Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gadi’i’áhi/To’Koi, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Tsé ałnáoz’t’I’í) will lead the recognition. 

Dziłth-Na-O-Dith-Hle Community Grant School, which celebrates 50 years of operations this year, will be recognized for their contributions to the education of Navajo children. Council Delegate Mark Freeland (Becenti, Crownpoint, Huerfano, Lake Valley, Nageezi, Nahodishgish, Tse’ii’ahí, Whiterock) will lead their recognition. 

The Navajo Nation Foster Grandparents Program, a program to enable elderly persons to remain physically and mentally active by participation in needed community services for special and exceptional needs children, will be recognized by Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown (Chilchinbeto, Dennehotso, Kayenta). 

Lastly, Hanson King and Kellen Yellowhair will be honored for their rodeo achievements. Council Delegate Nelson BeGaye will lead their recognitions. 

The Office of the Speaker reminds all those attending the council session to avoid parking in assigned parking spaces or fire or emergency lanes. 

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