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Sovereignty is ‘Powerful Privilege’

Sovereignty is ‘Powerful Privilege’
February 07
06:22 2019

Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer told Rehoboth Christian School sixth graders that tribal sovereignty is a “powerful privilege for the Navajo Nation.” Lizer spoke to the Nikki VanSlooten’s 20 students on February 5. Lizer discussed the significance of the “Long Walk” and the Navajo Treaty of 1868.

“Our people have endured hardships to protect and secure our sovereignty for over 150 years,” Lizer said. “We must continue to protect our lands and our people, and work closely with the federal government to ensure that they recognize and fulfill all trust responsibilities.”

In 1864 the Navajo people were forcefully removed from their homelands and forced to walk 300 miles to Bosque Redondo, N.M. The signing of the Treaty of 1868 allowed the Navajo people to return to their homelands and establish a government-to-government relationship with the United States. In order to lead, guide and protect their people, a leader must live in good faith, Lizer told the students. Being a leader by good faith helps to build good relations with people, communities and other nations, the vice president said. It also promotes strength and unity to overcome challenges, Lizer added.

“Our children are curious and smart. They cannot wait to contribute to our society and they have plans and visions of making our Nation a better place,” Lizer said. “They are truly our future.”

Rehoboth Christian School is located east of Gallup, N.M.

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