Navajo Nation swears in historic president, vice president

Buu Van Nygren is the youngest person to serve as the Navajo Nation president; Richelle Montoya, is the first female VP


January 11, 2023

FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. - Before he was sworn in Tuesday afternoon, the new president for one of the largest tribes in the country looked confident, maybe a little nervous.

Buu Van Nygren was wearing his signature outfit, a navy blue suit with a light blue button up and a red coral necklace, as he paced the hallway, located just off the main stage. He shook his arms and shoulders before turning around to walk back up the hallway.

He was minutes from being introduced on stage alongside his wife, former Arizona state representative and attorney, Jasmine Blackwater-Nygren.


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