, 2023-01-11 23:39:42,
- By Levi Rickert
FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. — For the duration of the Navajo inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, four past leaders of the Navajo Nation sat together in the front row for a historic photo. They all were present at the Dee Hółdzil Event Center at the Window Rock High School in Fort Defiance, Arizona.
Sitting there, they represented a lot of history for the Navajo Nation, which sits on the largest reservation in Indian Country. Combined the four leaders led the Navajo Nation for a total of 35 years.
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In attendance to witness the swearing in of Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren, the youngest person to ever lead the tribe, were outgoing President Jonathan Nez, former presidents Dr. Joe Shirley, Jr., and Ben Shelly. Also in attendance was Peter McDonald, who served as chairman of the Navajo Nation. After McDonald served as chairman, the top leader position was named president.
McDonald, 95, who sat in a wheelchair, was a popular figure among the former Navajo leaders.
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