Guest Essay by Delegate Leonard Tsosie: ‘He had to “duck” into his black-shaded SUV to avoid the Navajo people. Such a sad sight and day.’
Miss Navajo Nation’s 5K Monster Dash Fun Run held Oct. 25 at Oak Springs Chapter House was a success. I would like to thank the surrounding communities for coming out to Oak Springs and supporting the message of health and wellness.
The Navajo Nation needs a paradigm shift (distinct concept or thought pattern) in that their language historically contributed to this country and the world, but its leadership to date has failed the nation on many local issues because it tends to keep out its best members who went outside the nation to get an education.
Once again, no one is asking me what to do with the $554 million settlement the Navajo Nation recently won from the federal government.
I don’t blame them. I’m not Navajo, and I’ve lived on the reservation less than 10 years.
It was heartbreaking to witness Chief Justice Herb Yazzie, Associate Justice Eleanor Shirley, and Associate Justice Irene Black, whose generation experienced firsthand the loss of our beautiful Navajo language, not have the courage to make a just ruling.
Because we stood up to the old way of doing Navajo business, my team and I have endured ruthless assaults on our character and integrity.