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Nez-Lizer picks ‘fresh team’ to get underway

Nez-Lizer picks ‘fresh team’ to get underway


In the first three days of the Jonathan Nez-Myron Lizer administration, the two new leaders said they’ve “hit the ground running.”

After the Navajo Nation inauguration, Nez and Lizer announced the list of their cabinet picks and travelled to Phoenix to attend Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day and meet with the speaker of the Arizona House and other state officials. “We met with top leadership and we gave them some of our priorities,” said Nez. “Some of our priorities lines up with some of their priorities.”

The priorities include the Little Colorado River water settlement and Arizona gaming, both topics Nez is familiar with since he served as Council delegate for two terms and as vice president.

But now, as president, Nez said he’ll take a different approach to these issues. “We are going to be picking their brain for their input,” said Nez about his cabinet. “We have an opportunity to reevaluate those topics. We have a fresh team.”

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About The Author

Arlyssa Becenti

Arlyssa Becenti reports on Navajo Nation Council and Office of the President and Vice President. Her clans are Nát'oh dine'é Táchii'nii, Bit'ahnii, Kin łichii'nii, Kiyaa'áanii. She’s originally from Fort Defiance and has a degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. Before working for the Navajo Times she was a reporter for the Gallup Independent. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @abecenti


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