November 15, 2010
Former Navajo Chairman Peterson Zah speaks from his office on Nov. 15, 2010 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Zah, a monumental Navajo Nation leader who guided the tribe through a politically tumultuous era and worked tirelessly to correct wrongdoings against Native Americans, has died. He died late Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at a hospital in Fort Defiance , Arizona, after a lengthy illness, Navajo President Buu Nygren's office said. He was 85. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
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Peterson Zah, the first president of the Navajo Nation, was remembered March 11 with a memorial service and 100-mile funeral procession that stretched from western New Mexico to eastern Arizona.
Peterson Zah, who guided one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. through a politically tumultuous time, has died.