WINDOW ROCK - Nov. 23, with the assistance of the Navajo Area Agency on Aging, the Navajo Nation Council donated turkeys to senior centers across the Navajo Nation for the Thanksgiving holiday.
"We want to show our Navajo elders that we are appreciative and grateful for their wisdom and teachings that have sustained the Diné for many generations," said Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse'Daa'Kaan, Upper Fruitland).
Bates also said he acknowledges the differing perspectives of Native Americans about the holiday
"I respect the various views, however, I hope our people take this time to be grateful for our teachings and for the will of our people to overcome and persevere," Bates said. "I wish all of our people a safe and enjoyable day with your families and loved ones."
Bates noted that the legislative branch is planning donation drives for the upcoming holidays in December.
In addition, the legislative branch recently sent care packages to nearly 50 Navajo men and women serving overseas in the Armed Forces.
"We simply want to show our appreciation to the elderly, youth, and military men and women," Bates said.