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Karis Begaye resigns, prez office staffer says

Karis Begaye resigns, prez office staffer says

Karis Begaye, the daughter of Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, is no longer working for the Navajo Nation.

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office booking photo of Karis Begay on April 22, 2018.

A number of Facebook posts reported this weekend that a staff assistant for the president’s offfce told officials at the Northern Agency Council meeting that Karis Begaye is no longer working in the president’s office.

Mihio Manus, public information officer for the president’s office, said Monday that they had no comment to make on the status of the president’s daughter.

He did confirm, however, that a staff assistant in the president’s office said in Shiprock that she no longer worked there.

Reports say she resigned but no information was given on when that occurred.

Karis Begaye, who served as general counsel for the president, had been placed on administrative leave with pay in early May after she was arrested for DWI near Flagstaff in an accident involving her use of a tribal vehicle.

When she was placed on leave, Manus said she planned to enter a rehab program for alcoholics.

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Bill Donovan

Bill Donovan has been writing about the Navajo Nation government since 1971 and for the Navajo Times since 1976. He is currently semi-retired and is living in Torrance, California, and continues to report for the Navajo Times.


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