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Ahasteen departs Navajo Times


The Jack Ahasteen Comics will no longer be printed in the Navajo Times.

The Times’s longtime editorial cartoonist, Jack Ahasteen, is separating from the Navajo Times Publishing Co. Inc., a sudden change at the largest Native American newspaper in the country.

Ahasteen, hailing from Teesto, Arizona, has been a creative force for the Navajo Times for an impressive 52 years. His final work, “Treaty Day,” was featured in the May 30 edition of the Navajo Times.

Ahasteen has drawn thousands of editorial cartoons and illustrations on topics big and small with local targets alongside Times reporters and photographers. He’s always told the Navajo Times readership, “I hope you enjoy all my cartoons.”

Ahasteen is Tódích’íi’nii and born for Táchii’nii. His maternal grandfather is Tábąąhá, and his paternal grandfather is Tséńjíkiní.

“We, the Navajo Times, extend our heartfelt gratitude to Jack for his invaluable contributions,” said Krista Allen, editor at the Navajo Times. “We will miss you, your illustrations, and your presence in the office. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift and institutional knowledge, telling us stories, and allowing the Navajo Times to print your work. Ahxéhee’ ntsaago.”

About The Author

Krista Allen

Krista Allen is editor of the Navajo Times.


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