“The Navajo Nation will go further because of him. Hopefully, he’ll fulfill the promise of providing for the people. Hopefully, he’s not for himself like some of our past Navajo Nation presidents,” she said.
Walker, who is Navajo, said Dayish’s speech could have been more specific.
“But it was okay. He said what people wanted to hear,” she said.
Walker said she was ecstatic to see so many high school students at the inaugural.
“It’s good to know that they’re interested in politics because so many students lost interest in their culture long ago,” she said.
Walker and fellow journalism student Daryn Melvin were glad when Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano made an entrance into the ceremony. They were pulling for her during the campaign and glad she won. They were later happy to be photographed with the governor.
“The inaugural was a blast,” Walker said.
Melvin, a junior at Hopi High and a member of the Hopi Youth Council, said it was good that there was a good turnout for the inaugural including a lot of dignitaries. Approximately 10,000 turned out for the event including Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Rep. Rick Renzi from Arizona and Rep. Tom Udall from New Mexico. Debra Baker, an aide to U.S. Sen. John McCain, read a letter from the Senator stating that he regretted not being able to attend and looks forward to working with Shirley/Dayish.