Navajo Leadership Praise Zinke Confirmation as Interior Secretary

Rep. Ryan Zinke is expected to be nominated to be Secretary of the Interior.

Published March 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez issued the following statements praising the confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont) as Interior Secretary.

“During his time in Congress, Ryan Zinke served as a trusted ally of tribal governments and helped advance critical tribal legislative priorities. He demonstrated a deep respect for our sovereignty and fought to ensure that tribal cultures were respected and honored,” said President Begaye.

“Congressman Zinke is an excellent choice to serve as Secretary of the Interior, and I am confident that he will help the Navajo people ensuring that our voices are heard in Washington.  I look forward to working with him to address the important issues and challenges facing our Nation,” he continued.

Vice President Jonathan Nez congratulated Congressman Ryan Zinke on his appointment.

“The Begaye-Nez administration welcomes the opportunity to work with Secretary Zinke to foster quality of life improvements for the Navajo people and all of Indian Country,” he said. “It is our hope that his experience as a Navy SEAL will strengthen relations between the Navajo Nation and the federal government.​“

Vice President Nez lauded the participation of Native Americans, Navajos in particular, for serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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