Legislative Branch puts on orientation for incoming Navajo Nation Council members

LEUPP, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Legislative Branch conducted a four-day orientation for newly elected and returning members of the Navajo Nation Council at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, beginning Dec. 15.

"The purpose of the orientation was to provide the delegates, particularly the newly elected delegates, with information about the programs and functions of the legislative branch to make their transition much more efficient and effective," said Speaker Pro Tem LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse'Daa'Kaan, Upper Fruitland).

The orientation included presentations from each of the programs and offices under the Legislative Branch.

Currently, there are 10 returning delegates and 12 new delegates that will be sworn into office on Jan. 13. A special election took place on Dec. 30 to fill two outstanding positions on the 24-member Council.

The 12 newly elected delegates include Kee Allen Begay, Jr., Norman Begay, Nathaniel Brown, Tom Chee, Amber Crotty, Seth Damon, David Filfred, Lee Jack, Sr., Jonathan Perry, Tuchoney Slim, Raymond Smith and Otto Tso.

Returning delegates include LoRenzo Bates, Mel Begay, Jonathan Hale, Jonathan Nez, Leonard Pete, Walter Phelps, Alton Joe Shepherd, Leonard Tsosie, Dwight Witherspoon and Edmund Yazzie.

The special election on Dec. 30 determined who will represent two separate legislative districts that include the communities of Lukachukai, Rock Point, Round Rock, Tsaile/Wheatfields, Tsé Ch' izhi, Crystal, Fort Defiance, Red Lake, and Sawmill.


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