President of the Navajo Nation

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President of the Navajo Nation
Navajo flag.svg
Jonathan Nez - 2020.jpg
Incumbent
Jonathan Nez

since January 15, 2019
Term lengthFour years, renewable
Inaugural holderPeterson Zah
FormationJanuary 15, 1991
WebsiteOffice of the President of the Navajo Nation

The President of the Navajo Nation is the head of government of the Navajo Nation. The office was created in 1991 following restructuring of the national government. The president and vice president are elected every four years, and can only serve two terms in office.

List[change | change source]

# Image Name Party Term Started Term Ended Vice President of the Navajo Nation
1 Tribal Energy Summit (5693942150).jpg Peterson Zah Democratic January 15, 1991[1] January 10, 1995[2] Marshall Plummer
2 Navajo Nation President Hale Albert.jpg Albert Hale Democratic January 10, 1995[2] February 19, 1998[3] Thomas Atcitty
3 Thomas Atcitty February 19, 1998[3] July 23, 1998[4] Milton Bluehouse, Sr.
4 Milton Bluehouse, Sr. July 24, 1998[4] January 12, 1999[5] Frank Chee Willeto (from August 1998)
5 Kelsey Begaye Democratic January 12, 1999[5] January 14, 2003 Taylor McKenzie
6 Joe Shirley.jpg Joe Shirley, Jr. Democratic January 14, 2003[6] January 11, 2011 Frank Dayish (2003-2007)
Ben Shelly (2007-2011)
7 Ben Shelly.jpg Ben Shelly Democratic January 11, 2011 May 12, 2015 Rex Lee Jim
8 Russell Begaye in 2016.jpg Russell Begaye Democratic May 12, 2015 January 8, 2019 Jonathan Nez
9 Jonathan Nez - 2020.jpg Jonathan Nez Democratic January 15, 2019 Incumbent Myron Lizer

References[change | change source]

  1. "Democracy Era Begins For Largest U.S. Tribe". New York Times. 1991-01-17. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "President-elect Albert Hale Plans Changes For Navajos". Associated Press. Kingman Daily Miner. 1995-01-09. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Becenti, Deenise (1998-02-20). "With Law on Heels, Navajo Boss Quits; Hale Steps Down As Navajo Boss". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Navajo name new present - again; Bluehouse appointed". Associated Press. Kingman Daily Miner. 1998-07-26. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Rushlo, Michelle (1999-12-12). "Navajo inauguration is all-day event". Associated Press. Eugene Register-Guard (page 3A). Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  6. "Navajo inauguration is all-day event". Indianz.com. 2003-01-08. Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2012-07-09.