Begaye and Nez look forward to working with Trump administration

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez congratulated President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Michael Pence for securing their victory in the 2016 presidential election.

Begaye and Nez said they also wanted to congratulate Secretary Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine on their hard-fought campaign in the election.

Begaye said that in Trump’s speech on election night, he spoke of unity and said that now is a time for all Americans to come together despite political party delineations and told the Nation he would be a president for all Americans.

“For … Native American tribes, this is very important,” Begaye said. “We need to have faith that the Trump-Pence administration will continue to work with tribes on a nation-to-nation and government-to-government basis with the impetus of moving legislation forward that considers the best interests of tribal nations.” 

Trump also addressed infrastructure issues in rebuilding the nation’s highways, schools and hospitals. He spoke about taking care of the nation’s veterans. Both issues are encompassed in the Begaye-Nez administration’s Four Pillars.  

Nez said that he looks toward the incoming administration to work with the Nation to improve infrastructure development, an improved educational system and effective care for its veterans

“The race for the 2016 presidential election has been contentious,” Nez said. “It is now time for tribal nations to step up and hold this administration accountable for working together in a unified manner. The Navajo Nation consistently works toward the same goals of successful economic development to improve our economy.”

Before concluding his victory speech, Trump said his administration will always put America’s interests first while dealing fairly with all, including foreign nations.

“We will seek common ground not hostility, partnership not conflict,” Nez said.

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