Vice-President of the
Navajo Nation
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Incumbent
Myron Lizer

since January 15, 2019
ResidenceWindow Rock, AZ
Term lengthFour years. Shall serve no more than two terms.
Inaugural holderMarshall Plummer
FormationJanuary 15, 1991
WebsiteVice President

The office of Vice-President of the Navajo Nation was created in 1991 following restructuring of the Navajo Nation government. The president and vice president are elected every four years. The Navajo Nation Vice-President shall serve no more than two terms.[1]

In 2010, Ben Shelly became the first vice president to be elected president of the Navajo Nation.[2]

Office holders

List of vice presidents of Navajo Nation
# Image Name Start of term End of term President of the Navajo Nation
1 Marshall Plummer January 15, 1991[3] January 10, 1995 Peterson Zah
2 Thomas Atcitty January 10, 1995 February 19, 1998[4] Albert Hale
3 Milton Bluehouse Sr. February 1998 July 24, 1998[5] Thomas Atcitty
4
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Frank Chee Willeto August 1998[6] January 12, 1999 Milton Bluehouse Sr.
5 Taylor McKenzie January 12, 1999[7] January 14, 2003 Kelsey Begaye
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Frank Dayish January 14, 2003 January 9, 2007 Joe Shirley Jr.
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Ben Shelly January 9, 2007 January 11, 2011
8
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Rex Lee Jim January 11, 2011 May 12, 2015 Ben Shelly
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Jonathan Nez May 12, 2015 January 15, 2019 Russell Begaye
10
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Myron Lizer January 15, 2019 present Jonathan Nez
11 Richelle Montoya January 2023 Buu Nygren

References

  1. ^ "Qualifications for President & Vice-President" (PDF). Navajo Nation Election Administration.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Calvin, Carolyn (2010-12-31). "Many firsts in primary, general elections". Navajo Times. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  3. ^ "Democracy Era Begins For Largest U.S. Tribe". New York Times. 1991-01-17. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
  4. ^ Becenti, Deenise (1998-02-20). "With Law on Heels, Navajo Boss Quits; Hale Steps Down As Navajo Boss". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  5. ^ "Navajo name new president - again". Kingman Daily Miner. Associated Press. 1998-07-26. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  6. ^ Brunt, Charles D. (2012-06-25). "Former Navajo Code Talker Willeto Dies". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  7. ^ Rushlo, Michelle (1999-12-12). "Navajo inauguration is all-day event". Eugene Register-Guard (page 3A). Associated Press. Retrieved 2012-07-09.