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NHA paid Zah, Keeswood over $1M as consultants


A former Navajo Tribal Chairman and Navajo Nation President, and a former Navajo Nation Council Delegate have made over $1 million combined as consultants with Navajo Housing Authority, according to documents received by the Navajo Times.

Peterson Zah

Peterson Zah, executive staff assistant to the Office of the President and Vice President and a former tribal chairman and president of the Navajo Nation, pocketed $342, 248.73 over the course of three years from 2013-2017 as a consultant and making appearances as a guest speaker, the documents reveal.

Former Navajo Nation Council Delegate Ervin Keeswood is listed, in two separate invoices, to have been paid $302,000 from 2011-2017. And he is also listed to have been paid $457,654 between 2013 and 2017. Both invoices indicated he was paid for consulting services and being an “advocacy representative.”

The invoice defines what the job of a consultant entails: “a consultant will communicate with NHA executive office and shall attend NHA Board of Commissioners meetings as needed and keep NHA leadership informed on current and upcoming Navajo Nation legislative, executive and related matters. Detailed monthly reports shall be submitted to CEO and each invoice for PMT and reasonable out-of-pocket reimbursable expenses.”

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About The Author

Arlyssa Becenti

Arlyssa Becenti reported 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.


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