WASHINGTON — Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren will attend President Biden’s second State of the Nation address in the U.S. Capitol this evening as the guest of U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona.
It is President Nygren’s first trip to Washington for both the president’s speech and meetings with several cabinet members this week.
“I’m honored to have Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren join me as my guest,” Sen. Kelly said. “President Nygren is a key partner in our work to boost economic opportunities, expand access to clean and reliable drinking water, fix and upgrade roads, and much more.”
Sen. Kelly said that he would continue to work with the new Navajo president to ensure “tribal sovereignty is respected and that Washington supports the needs of Navajo Nation.”
President Nygren said the goal of his visit is “to build new and improved roads and economic opportunities for the Navajo people.”
He reemphasized that his administration’s objective is to create relationships and find pathways to bring jobs and fulfill basic needs like water, power and broadband infrastructure across the Navajo Nation.
“With the partnership of Senator Mark Kelly and our Congressional leadership, we continue our advocacy of federal initiatives that support tribal nations and a stronger Navajo Nation,” the president said.
Also today, President Nygren met with Arizona’s senior senator, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.
“Great meeting with newly-elected Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren,” she posted on Twitter. “We’re committed to building on the historical investments we secured for Arizona tribal communities in recent years by partnering on the issues that matter most.”