WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — During his Jan. 23 State of the Navajo Nation address, the Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren told the delegates he would welcome individual meetings with them. To date he has met with Speaker Crystalyne Curley, delegates Shaandiin Parrish, Carl Slater, Shawna Ann Claw, Otto Tso, Dr. Andy Nez and Steven R. Arviso.
Yesterday, the president also met with Navajo Nation Council Delegate Norman M. Begay who represents the chapters of Tohajiilee, Ramah and Alamo.
He told the president these are unique satellite chapters because they are not contiguous to and are a distance from the rest of the Navajo Nation.
One of their greatest needs has been road maintenance, water and waste water projects, he said.
He said his constituents often feel that the Navajo Nation, or ‘Big Navajo’, forgets about them.
He said he shares the priorities other delegates raised with the president but that he’d like to see wages earned by his constituents be higher.
President Nygren told him if he was to sponsor Navajo Nation minimum wage legislation, he would sign it.
“I really want a minimum wage law,” the president said. “It would raise the standard of living to put more money in their pockets.”