Navajo Nation elects Buu Nygren president

Newly elected president Buu Nygren (second from left) celebrates victory with his wife, State Rep. Jasmine Blackwater (far left), and Vice-President-elect Richelle Montoya Chee and her husband, Olsen Chee, at the Navajo Nation fairgrounds on Election Night, Nov. 8, 2022. Photo courtesy of Buu Nygren Facebook page.

Buu Nygren, half Navajo-half Vietnamese, becomes the youngest president of the Navajo Nation. His running mate becomes the first woman to be vice-president. They defeated incumbent Jonathan Nez.

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