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Navajo Nation President-elect Buu Nygren celebrates his victory by shouting to his supporters on election night. Joining him, from left to right, were his wife, State Rep. Jasmine Blackwater Nygren, Navajo Nation Vice President-elect Richelle Montoya Chee, and her husband, Olsen Chee.

Navajo Nation voters have elected a new president, as political newcomer Buu Nygren on Tuesday defeated incumbent Jonathan Nez. Read more»

The Arizona House of Representatives wrapped up work Friday on a $12.8 billion budget that dramatically overhauls the state’s income tax code, shields some wealthy Arizonans from paying a voter-approved tax to boost teacher pay and mandates new civics curriculum in public schools while rejecting expansion of the school voucher program. Read more»

In the three counties that overlap the Navajo and Hopi Nations — Apache, Coconino and Navajo — voter turnout rose 7 to 10 percentage points from 2016 to 2020.

Native American voters helped secure President Joe Biden’s narrow win in 2020, but Republican-backed proposals at the state legislature to restrict voting access could make the challenges tribal voters overcame last year even more daunting in 2022. Read more»