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Navajo Nation’s Samuel Yazzie Dies

Navajo Nation’s Samuel Yazzie Dies
October 20
14:42 2021

Flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the life of late Navajo leader Samuel Yazzie

Samuel Yazzie

Nez, Lizer Honor Samuel Yazzie

By John Christian Hopkins

Flags on the Navajo Nation flew at half-staff this week in honor of long-time leader Samuel Yazzie.

Yazzie was a former Navajo Nation lawmaker, Chapter Official, and School Board Official. He passed away at age 75.

“We offer our thoughts and prayers for his wife, Jean, and the family of the late Honorable Samuel Yazzie, who served our Nation with great honor and dignity for many years in many leadership roles.” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said. “To his family, we pray that you find comfort that your loved one is with the Creator now. His teachings and contributions to the Navajo Nation will forever be remembered and cherished.”

Yazzie was born in Keams Canyon, Ariz., and resided with his family in Lukachukai, Ariz., all his life.

Yazzie was Tó’aheedlíinii (Water Flows Together) and born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan).

He served four terms as a Council Delegate with the 16th Navajo Nation Council from 1987 – 1991, the 17th Navajo Nation Council 1992 – 1995, 18th Navajo Nation Council from 1996 – 1999, and the 19th Navajo Nation Council from 2000 – 2003.

Yazzie also served as Lukachukai Chapter President for 10 years, a peacemaker for Chinle Judicial Court, and a School Board President for Lukachukai Community School.

“Honorable Samuel Yazzie leaves behind a lasting legacy for his family, the Navajo people, and the communities he represented and served for many years. We owe a debt of gratitude to him and his loved ones for his years of service, dedication, and compassion. We pray for him and his family at this time,” Vice President Myron Lizer said.

Council Delegate Carl Slater, who represents the Lukachukai community as a member of the 24th Navajo Nation Council, recalled Yazzie as a loving and inspirational leader who devoted his life to public service.

Yazzie played an instrumental role in the development of the new Lukachukai Community School that is currently being constructed, Slater added.

“Mr. Yazzie exemplified the highest model of selfless leadership. He was a traditional man who lived his values. May his humble leadership be an inspiration to us all,” Slater said.

Yazzie is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean Chee Yazzie, his five children, Delbert, Stanley, Manuel, Iris, and Heather Yazzie, and his 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

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Summary: Flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the life of late Navajo leader Samuel Yazzie

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