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New delegates hear do’s, don’t’s

New delegates hear do’s, don’t’s


It was “Council Delegate 101” for newly elected lawmakers who will be taking their oath of office in January.

A two-day orientation was held Monday and Tuesday for the delegates, especially the 15 new delegates who are either going to be serving for the first time or who are returning.

“On my first day being a delegate I was overwhelmed,” said Speaker LoRenzo Bates, on when he started his career as a delegate.

“Folks on the outside sometimes are under the impression it’s an easy job. By virtue of the orientation hopefully it gives them an overview so they’re not as overwhelmed with being a representative of the Navajo Nation.”

The first day of the orientation covered an overview of the three branches: judicial, legislative, executive. The following day lawmakers were given courses on ethics and rules, the legislative process and Department of Diné Education.

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Arlyssa Becenti

Arlyssa Becenti reports on Navajo Nation Council, Business, Fort Defiance Agency, New Mexico State politics and Art/fashion. 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