In this Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 file photo, Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch speaks during a news conference in Salt Lake City. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, whose tenure has been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, announced in April 2022 he is seeking a second term in office. A handful of others also have said they'll seek the position, including, Branch, Buu Van Nygren, Frank Dayish Jr. and Earl Sombrero. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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The Navajo Nation election season has revved up with several candidates — including incumbent Jonathan Nez, Buu Van Nygren and Ethel Branch and others — announcing their bid to become president for one of the largest Indigenous nations in the country.