Iyanbito community receives equipment to improve and maintain roads

Navajo Nation Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie and Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez stand with Iyanbito Chapter officials and New Mexico legislators March 11 in front of a new road grader. Submitted photo

Navajo Nation Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie and Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez stand with Iyanbito Chapter officials and New Mexico legislators March 11 in front of a new road grader. Submitted photo

IYANBITO, N.M. - Last Friday, Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie (Churchrock, Iyanbito, Mariano Lake, Pinedale, Smith Lake, Thoreau) along with Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez, New Mexico legislators and Iyanbito Chapter officials celebrated the delivery of a new grader that was purchased through funding from the state and the chapter.

Yazzie, who represents the community of Iyanbito located approximately 16-miles east of Gallup, New Mexico, said the event is the culmination of advocacy efforts at the state level and an example of what can be accomplished when all parties work together to address the needs of the Navajo people.

"I thank our state leaders including Sen. George K. Muñoz (D - Dist. 4) and Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D - Dist. 6) as well as the Iyanbito Chapter officials for working together on this initiative," Yazzie said. "The equipment will serve and help many of our Navajo families in this community."

Chapter officials are grateful for the new equipment that will be used to improve dirt roads throughout the community and to clear roads of snow and ice during the winter season.

"It is a good day. It was great to see the partnership between the Navajo Nation, Iyanbito Chapter, and our New Mexico lawmakers, Sen. Muñoz and Rep. Alcon," Nez said. "This new motor grader will greatly improve the roads for community members, especially during the winter."

Navajo Nation officials worked with state legislators and other entities to secure funding from capital outlay funds from the state of New Mexico and the chapter.

Yazzie thanked the state leaders for the support and advocacy at the state level and for the support of the chapter officials as well.

"The community will benefit from this and we will continue working to further improve our roads," Yazzie added.

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