Peterson Zah

Navajo Nation, Shelly
Mar 23, 2023

Former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly ‘put others first’

Former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, who pushed ambitious projects that included purchasing a coal mine, building an aerial tram into the Grand Canyon and reaching a water rights settlement with Arizona, has died.

Navajo Nation, Peterson Zah
Mar 13, 2023

Ex-Navajo president honored in funeral procession, reception

Remembered as an inspirational, humble leader with a passion for education and commitment to his people, former Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah was honored Saturday with a funeral procession that stretched for 100 miles (160 kilometers) from western New Mexico into eastern Arizona.

Oct 18, 2010

Navajo closer than ever to electing woman leader

No woman has served as Navajo president, although the matriarchal society has strong reverence for women as caretakers and heirs to everything from home site leases to sheep. When introducing themselves, Navajos start with their mother's clan name.

Jul 10, 2009

At 73, ASU Indian programs director still truckin’ for students

In 1961, five Navajo students entered Arizona State University with little idea of what to expect. Today, the seeds planted by that group have sprouted into an American Indian student population of approximately 1,400 from 60-plus tribes, as well as several programs designed to recruit, retain and graduate those students.