Navajo Nation Council sets historic leadership with first woman speaker
, 2023-01-26 13:07:46,
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Evolution is happening within the Navajo Nation government.
Historically, many leadership positions, including Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council have been held by men.
Crystalyne Curley is changing that path.
On Monday, the Navajo Nation 25th Council voted to make Curley the first woman to hold the speaker position in the tribal government’s legislative body. She will hold the position for two years.
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Curley said she attended her first Council session in the third grade, and grew up in the legislative chambers she now controls.
“It hasn’t completely sunk in,” Curley said in an interview with Source NM. “It’s just the shock of it and knowing that my colleagues and the delegates are ready for that next step in history. Just knowing that they support us women, us sisters, a mother, a grandmother, it’s just overwhelming.”
Curley’s selection is the latest development for Navajo Nation voters that approved historic changes in 2022. Richelle Montoya was voted in as the first woman to be the Navajo Nation Vice President to work in the executive branch with the youngest president ever elected, Buu Nygren. Nine women elected in November were sworn in with Curley on the first day of the Navajo Nation Council. There are 24 delegates total.
Curley began her…
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