Executive, judicial workers have day off


Code Talkers on a viewing stand

Navajo Times file photo
Navajo Code Talkers wait for the start of the parade in Window Rock on Navajo Code Talkers Day 2015.

Despite a decision by the Navajo Nation Council not to have a paid holiday for national Code Taker Day and the tribe’s Sovereignty Day for tribal employees, both executive and judicial branch employees have today off.

Jared Touchin, a spokesman for the Council, said legislative branch employees are working on Monday as usual.

The Navajo Nation has observed Code Talker Day – Aug. 14 – as a paid holiday since it was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1982.

Touchin said the Council resolution did not say why the two holidays were no longer going to be paid holidays for tribal employees.

The auditor general office released an audit earlier this year saying Navajo Nation government employees got too many paid holidays and urged eliminating some of them.

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