Window Rock, Navajo Nation (Arizona) – President of the Navajo Nation Kelsey A. Begaye hosted a meeting with Governor of the State of Utah Michael O. Leavitt recently. Utah Deputy Governor Bob Linnell, Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation Robert Yazzie, Navajo Attorney General Levon Henry and the Navajo Utah Commission were also in attendance.
“In working with Governor Leavitt, the Navajo Nation, over the last year, has experienced integral progress in the areas of intergovernmental relations, economic development, and welfare reform in the State of Utah,” said President Begaye, “We are grateful for the work Governor Leavitt has done to support Navajo Nation projects. We are especially grateful for his attention to improving opportunities for Utah Navajo communities.”
The purpose of the meeting was to provide official greetings to the Governor and to review respective issues of concern, as well as to provide and receive updates on several Navajo projects in the State of Utah. Among the topics of discussion were law enforcement, tribal courts, Utah Redistricting, Utah Navajo Trust Funds, and taxation.
In a brief presentation to the Navajo Nation Council, currently in its summer session, Governor Leavitt noted the State of Utah’s open support for Navajo Nation sovereignty. President Begaye said he was pleased with the Governor’s reaffirmation of Navajo Nation sovereignty and noted that each affected State of the Union should make an equal, open commitment.
“I got to know Governor Leavitt when I was Speaker of the Council. With me serving in this capacity, it has helped improve our relations with the State of Utah,” said President Begaye, “We both re-committed ourselves to working together.”
The Navajo Nation will soon host other dignitaries, including a historic visit by two Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Justices Sandra Day O’Conner and Stephen G. Breyer.
The Navajo Nation will also host State of Arizona Attorney General Janet Napolitano. Additionally, the Leadership of the Arizona Legislature hosted town hall meetings in Window Rock, Arizona and Kayenta, Arizona