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American Indian heads Coconino County supervisors

A Navajo woman from Tuba City has become the first American Indian to head the Coconino County Board of Supervisors.

Lena Fowler began in the new position on Monday. She says she’s excited to serve as the board’s chairwoman through mid-April.

Fowler was elected to represent the upper central portion of the county that she says is rich in cultural diversity and resourceful citizens. She’s in the third year of her first four-year term.

County spokesman Gregory Roybal says each of the five supervisors is given an opportunity to lead the board at least once during their term.

Matt Ryan was selected as vice chairman.

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