Nearly 100-mile procession turns out to mourn Navajo Nation’s first president, Peterson Zah | Navajo-Hopi Observer
, 2023-03-14 08:45:35,
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.— Peterson Zah, the first president of the Navajo Nation, was remembered March 11 with a memorial service and 100-mile funeral procession that stretched from western New Mexico to eastern Arizona.
Zah, who walked on March 7 at the age of 85, was a legendary leader many described as an inspiration and one of the greatest American Indian leaders in history. He served as chairman of the Navajo Nation Council from 1983 to 1987 and later won the Nation’s first presidency in 1990, after the Tribe changed its government to three branches: executive, judiciary, legislative.
On Saturday, Zah’s funeral procession was led by the Navajo Nation Police Department and began at 8 a.m. in Tse Bonito, New Mexico, drove through Window Rock and ended in Low Mountain, Ariz.
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority hoisted 150-foot American flags from their utility trucks route. Many families stood with Navajo Nation flags waving to the family and friends of Zah and live-streaming the procession for their families.
“He was a great man, he was always out there with the people,” said Jimarison Bizahaloni, Navajo Nation citizen, who brought his son to watch the motorcade along the route in Cottonwood, Ariz. Bizahaloni was recently honorably discharged by the U.S. Army while stationed in Texas.
Zah was buried on his family’s lot in Low Mountain, Ariz.,…
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