Obituary: Evelyne E. Bradley

Evelyne E. Bradley

Evelyne E. Bradley

The Honorable Evelyne E. Bradley, known as Navajo Nation's "Mother of Justice," passed away on May 21, 2013. Bradley was a district court judge of the Navajo Nation from 1984 until her retirement in 1995.

Services took place May 24, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance, Ariz., beginning at 10 a.m.

Bradley was born March 1, 1925, and was originally from Cross Canyon, Ariz. Her clan was Bitter Water born for Towering House. Her maternal grandparents' clan was Cliff Dwellers People and her paternal grandparents' clan was Red House People. She attended North Phoenix High School and graduated from Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1947.

Peterson Zah appointed Bradley as a district court judge and she was confirmed as a probationary district court judge on April 24, 1984. Her permanent appointment was confirmed on April 23, 1986. Bradley retired February 25, 1995, after nearly 11 years of service.

Bradley served with the Ramah, Tuba City and Kayenta Judicial Districts. She also served as acting chief justice in 1984-1985. After retirement, she was elected to the justice of the peace position for Navajo County in Kayenta, Ariz.

Bradley had previously worked at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity, Navajo Housing Authority and as a court advocate. She also served as executive secretary during the respective administrations of Tribal Chairmen Sam Ahkeah and Paul Jones.

Bradley is survived by her four children - Jayme Platero, Frank Bradley III, Francis Bradley and Francine Bradley Arthur. She had 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Bradley, Jr., and son Wess Edward "Hogo" Smith.

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