Navajo Nation President and Vice President urge Congress to pass bill recognizing Native American Women
The Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer applaud a House Bill that was introduced to recognize Native American women for Women’s History Month.
The historic bill was introduced by Representatives Debra Haaland (D-NM-1) and Sharice Davids (D-KS-3), along with 19 co-sponsors, to honor and recognize the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women throughout the country.
President Nez said the bill honors all Native American women, including Navajo women, who have greatly contributed to the growth and development of the Navajo Nation.
“Navajo women have always been the center of social, economic, and leadership positions within our culture. Most importantly, they hold a strong position in our ‘Way of Life.’ Throughout our history, Navajo women have been the matriarchs of our families, communities, and the Nation,” said President Nez. “Today, Navajo women continue to persevere and succeed at the highest levels.”
In a press release from Representative Haaland’s office, she stated, “Women’s History month is all about recognizing the contributions women have made to this country while recommitting ourselves to fight for equality. My resolution honors the stories and contributions of Native American women which are often left out of the conversation. By giving a voice to a whole group of women who have never had a voice in Congress, we’re also drawing attention to the struggles and challenges our community still faces.”
Representative Davids added, “Every March, we come together to celebrate women who have shaped our nation’s history, and those who continue to pave the way for future generations. Native American women are not always thought of in that celebration, so I’m proud to partner with Representative Haaland to make sure we remember all that Native American women have contributed to our society, to advocate for Native women, and to work on the issues impacting our communities.”
Vice President Lizer stated that the recognition would also allow the country and the Navajo Nation to acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of Indigenous women throughout the world.
“Most of the Native American women’s accomplishments, including Navajo women, are unrepresented. Our Navajo women are intelligent and strong, and each of us, including myself, have learned from their successful endeavors,” said Vice President Lizer.
President Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer also congratulate Honorable Debra Haaland for becoming the first Native American to preside over the House Floor March 7, during a debate of the For the People Act, which seeks to end corruption in politics and ensure fair access to the ballot box.
“The Navajo Nation is very proud of Representative Debra Haaland for her historic achievement,” said President Nez.
On March 6, President Nez and Vice President Lizer attended an honorary luncheon to recognize Representatives Haaland and Davids.
Women’s History Month is observed during the month of March.
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