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Navajo Nation congratulates 325 retirees

The Navajo Nation Department of Retirement held a virtual event June 11 recognizing 325 employees who retired in 2019 and 2020. (Photo/Office of the Navajo President and Vice President)

The Navajo Nation Department of Retirement held a virtual event June 11 recognizing 325 employees who retired in 2019 and 2020. (Photo/Office of the Navajo President and Vice President)

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. —On June 11, 325 Navajo Nation retirees were recognized and congratulated for their dedication and service.

The event, hosted by the Navajo Nation Department of Retirement Services, were for retirees for the years 2019 and 2020.

In 2019, 187 employees retired, and in 2020, 138 employees retired from the Navajo Nation or other affiliated entities.

The Navajo Nation also honored 16 retirees who passed away from 2019 and 2020 and offered condolences to their families.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were not able to celebrate their accomplishments in-person. However, we are here today virtually to celebrate and recognize their many years of service and their immeasurable dedication to the Navajo Nation. Thank you, Ahe’hee’, for your dedication, compassion, and commitment,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. “Each of you did not give up and demonstrated strength and resilience for the younger generations. Each of you helped many Navajo elders and families through critical thinking, comfort, and productivity. We pray for your new journey, and congratulations to you and your families. We also honor and remember those who have passed on – we thank their families, friends, and colleagues and offer our thoughts and prayers.”

Nez was joined at during the virtual event, which was was live-streamed by the Navajo Nation TV & Film Office on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page and YouTube channel, by First Lady Phefelia Nez Vice President Myron Lizer, Navajo Nation Council Delegate Jamie Henio, Navajo Nation Division of Human Resources Executive Director Dr. Perphelia Fowler, Miss Navajo Nation Shaandiin Parrish and Retirement Plan Administrator Andrea Holmes.

“Retirement marks the start of a new phase of life when you no longer need to show up at the office every day. Now, they will have more time for their children, grandchildren, livestock, gardening, volunteering, and to continue to make positive changes. So many of you are role models within your families and communities, and we hope you will continue to pass along your teachings," said First Lady Nez.

Retirees were recognized based on their years of service that included 10 – 19 years of service, 20 – 29 years of service, 30 – 34 years of service, and 35 years or more.

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