TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Lena R. Fowler, a 25-year resident of Tuba City and lifelong resident of Coconino County, recently announced her plans to seek the District 5 seat on the Coconino County Board of Supervisors.
Fowler has a long record of volunteerism and community service in Tuba City, Coconino County and the Navajo Nation.
In 2006, she was appointed to the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission and served as its vice chairwoman until this year. As a current member of the Commission's negotiation and legislative teams, she lobbies Congress, works with state negotiation teams, water rights attorneys, technical staff and consultants to reclaim and establish Navajo Nation water rights in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.
She serves as the Navajo Nation's representative to the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council, provides update reports to the Navajo Nation president and vice president, the Navajo Nation Council Resources Committee, chapters, agencies, and serves as the point of contact for the media on Navajo water rights.
In 2007, she was appointed to the Navajo Nation Motor Vehicle Authority Board of Directors and serves as its chairwoman. The Authority plans to issue Navajo Nation license plates and register vehicles on the Navajo Nation in order to capture revenue now going to New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.
She has also served as a founding member and vice president of the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Board of Directors; president of the Association for Indian Self-Determination in Healthcare; and, was a founding member and board president of the non-profit Tuba City Cultural Projects, Inc., among many other organizations.
Fowler's community service and volunteer work began in 1980 as a deputy registrar for the Navajo Nation and Coconino County. She was recognized twice for registering the most voters in Coconino County.