President Begaye To Address Congress During “Impact Week”

Washington, DC - Navajo Nation President Kelsey A. Begaye will be in Washington, D.C. March 4-8, 2002 to meet with members of Congress and the Bush Administration during the 2nd Annual Navajo Nation Impact Week. Several Navajo Nation Division Directors and Council Delegates will join President Begaye to promote Navajo Nation priorities.

Based on legislative recommendations made by the Navajo Nation Washington Office, the Navajo leaders will advise Congress on the concerns of the Navajo Nation. A meeting with the White House has also been requested.

G. Michelle Brown-Yazzie, Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Washington Office, commented, “Impact Week is an opportunity for Navajo Nation leadership to meet face-to-face with their federal counterparts to advocate that Navajo Nation priorities are consistent with federal interests and should be integrated into the national agenda.”

On Thursday, March 7, President Begaye will conclude Impact Week with a briefing on the Navajo Nation’s Federal Priorities at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. The briefing will apprise Congressional members and staff on important Navajo Nation issues raised by the Branch Chiefs’ during the week. A short question and answer session will follow.

At the conclusion of the briefing, the Navajo Nation will host a reception honoring Congress for their support of Navajo Nation issues.

Time is reserved for Congressional members to give remarks at the reception along with special guest Major Tracey Clyde, U.S. Army. Major Clyde is currently the highest-ranking Navajo officer in the armed forces. Impact Week will commence with a re-dedication blessing at the Navajo Nation Washington Office on Monday, March 4.

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