Navajo Nation vice president Frank Dayish Jr., center, addresses a packed auditorium during the Navajo Times Navajo Nation presidential forum in Window Rock, Ariz., Monday, Aug. 1, 2006. 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 Dayish Jr., Buu Van Nygren, Ethel Branch and Earl Sombrero. (AP Photo/Donovan Quintero, 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.