City of Flagstaff: ‘Thank you to the Navajo Nation for coming to our chambers…’
Weekly Edition | March 29th | By: NP-staff
“It really is a mutual agreement among the Nation and the City of Flagstaff to improve our quality of life, your quality of life, and the quality of life of everyone in this world.” Mayor Sara Presler, City of Flagstaff.
Flagstaff, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation Speaker Johnny Naize and Council Delegate Joshua Lavar Butler of Tuba City represented the Navajo Nation at the Memorandum of Understanding signing with the City of Flagstaff on March 27th.
The City of Flagstaff became the sixth border town to enter a MOU and the first Arizona border town to do so. The Navajo Human Rights Commission said ‘the agreement was executed so both entities can become partners in strengthening race relations among Navajos and other races in the largest border town east of the Nation.’
“Thank you to the Navajo Nation for coming to our chambers to sign this important Memorandum of Understanding,” stated Mayor Sara Presler in her opening remarks. “It really is a mutual agreement among the Nation and the City of Flagstaff to improve our quality of life, your quality of life, and the quality of life of everyone in this world.”
Speaker Naize expressed his appreciation to the City of Flagstaff for hosting the signing and emphasized the importance of working together to improve relations among the Navajo Nation and the City.
“The agreement we sign today will be the basis of everything we do from here on,” Speaker Naize commented. “We want to live in harmony with the City of Flagstaff, we can rely on one another, and we can be good neighbors by showing one another respect.”
Navajo Nation Council Delegate Butler, who was instrumental in presenting the MOU to the Naa’bik’iyati Committee of the 22nd Navajo Nation Council, said he was fortunate to have been part of the process of getting the MOU approved.
Council Delegate Butler also expressed his appreciation to the staff of the Navajo Nation Human Right Commission.
“I want to thank also our staff from the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, particularly Director Leonard Gorman and Policy Analyst Rodney Tahe for the dedication and persistence in fighting for equality of our Navajo People,” Council Delegate Butler said. “The purpose of this MOU is to strengthen communication between the two entities and it will assist the Human Rights Commission in addressing issues raised in the race relations report that was introduced and passed by Navajo Nation Council.”
“Thank you for this important first step for improved relations between the City of Flagstaff and the Navajo Nation,” Mayor Presler added. “We meet here today to execute fully this Memorandum of Understanding that is grounded in honor and dignity.”