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YIDEESKĄ́ĄDI NITSÁHÁKEES

"THINKING FOR THE FUTURE"

Balanced leadership for positive change

The Nygren-Montoya Campaign welcomes all Diné to join us in creating a positive movement for change across the Navajo Nation. We have the experience, drive, and faith that our Nation needs to create a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. Read on for our priorities.

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Ahéhee' (Thank you)!

Meet Us

 
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DR. BUU NYGREN

NAVAJO NATION PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Dr. Buu Nygren is Táchii'nii born for Naa’ádaalts’ósí. His maternal grandfather is Todích'íí'nii and his paternal grandfather is Naa’ádaalts’ósí. He is married to Arizona State Representative (LD-7) Jasmine Blackwater Nygren.

Jasmine is Hashtł’ishnii born for Áshįįhí. Her maternal grandfather is Nóóda’í Dine’é Táchii’nii and her paternal grandfather is Bit’ahnii.

Together, they have a newborn and they make their home in Red Mesa (AZ).

RICHELLE MONTOYA

NAVAJO NATION VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Richelle Montoya is Hashtł’ishnii born for Ta’neeszahnii. Her maternal grandfather is Kinłich’íi’nii and her paternal grandfather is Táchii’nii. She is married to Olsen Chee.

Olsen is Nałaní Tódik'ozhi born for Tódích'íi'nii. His maternal grandfather is Tódích'íi'nii and his paternal grandfather is Táchii'nii.

They have a family of six children and make their home in Torreon/Star Lake (NM).

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Our values

 

Economy Forward

No more turning away entrepreneurs: Our job is to give our small business owners every chance to succeed. That begins with a fundamental change in the way we do business on the Navajo Nation. We will eliminate costly and discouraging red-tape imposed by our current Navajo Nation policy, starting with business site leasing reform and digitizing the registration and tax process.

Infrastructure Investment

Smart infrastructure will create new opportunities for our homes and businesses to succeed. In the coming years, previously approved funding in electrical, water, and broadband infrastructure will need to be reexamined with leadership that has experience. That's where the Nygren-Montoya Administration will make Navajo investment dollars go further.

Sustainable Social Services

Veterans services, Missing & Murdered Diné/Indigenous Relatives, Women and Childrens' home support, elders support, and enhanced support for alcohol and substance abuse are all needed for us to move forward as a Nation. We each recognize the need, and the Nygren-Montoya Administration will put these issues at the forefront of our social services programs.

Accountable Transparency

With our experience at the local levels and with the Nation as a whole, the Nygren-Montoya Administration will enact and enforce accountability and transparency policies across all parts of the Executive Branch as mandated by Title 2 of the Navajo Nation Code. This will involve a fundamental shift to secure, digitized processes that will result in greater efficiencies in delivering services to the Navajo People.

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ways to CONTRIBUTE

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Contribution Rules via 11 N.N.C. §202(B):

  1. Must be an enrolled Navajo Nation tribal member with a Certificate of Indian Blood.

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  3. I am making this contribution with my own personal credit or debit card and not with a corporate or business credit card.

  4. All campaign contributions will be disclosed to the Navajo Election Administration on our financial reports.

The Nygren-Montoya Campaign (via Buu Nygren for Navajo Nation President) is accepting contributions to be used for the sole purpose to elect Buu Nygren & Richelle Montoya as the Navajo Nation President & Vice President. 

 

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platform highlights

 

Our top priority will be investing in business development, creating sustainable jobs, and strengthening the workforce. With my experience in developing infrastructure, improving roads, and extending electricity and water lines throughout the Navajo Nation, we can improve business development and growth.

Sectors

TOURISM. Develop the tourism industry to create jobs and bring in new revenue. Tourism offers opportunities for the development of dining, entertainment, outdoor recreation, and hotel facilities.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP. Develop business and entrepreneur incubators to empower risk-takers, and support Navajo business through technology, innovation, and mentorship.

ANCILLARY DEVELOPMENT. Develop more gravel pits to make it easier to pave and repair dirt roads. Create and maintain a workforce of heavy equipment personnel.

LEASING REFORM. Cut the red tape and make land easily accessible by working to resolve federal and tribal laws that hinder land development.

BROADBAND EQUITY. Improve broadband technology, internet service and cell phone signal for our people in their homes, businesses, health care centers, public safety, education facilities, and all 110 chapters.

REGIONAL & STATE PARTNERSHIP. Work to secure more funding through our local states.

AGRICULTURAL EXPANSION. Establish a program to increase the number of local farmers and ranchers.

SUSTAINABLE FOUNDATIONS. Develop an energy plan that includes clean energy sources, such as solar and wind farms, to provide sustainable energy for homes and revenues back to the Navajo Nation.

MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISES. Work on the manufacturing and training of our people to build and assemble solar panels and windmill parts to create jobs.

Economy

We must continue to improve our public safety programs to make sure our women, children, veterans, and elders are protected. This means bringing more money to increase the size of our Navajo Police force and equipment across the Nation.

Prosecution

The Nygren-Montoya Administration will propose harsher penalties for gang-related violence offenders, illicit drug dealers, and criminal bootlegging.

Elderly abuse will be addressed and offenders will be prosecuted to ensure our families are safe and protected from harm.

Prioritize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and allow Navajo to prosecute non-Navajo offenders who harm our Navajo women and children.

Accountability

Invest in proper training programs for our Corrections, Fire and Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services personnel.

Work to address any human rights violations in the local border towns and hold perpetrators accountable to the full extent of the law.

Commit to working with lawmakers to understand the gaps in ineffective and outdated public safety laws.

Public Safety

Mitigating the effects of climate change on Navajo land is our responsibility, and the Nygren-Montoya Administration will ensure Navajo community voices are empowered in protecting our water, air, and land.

Water is life. We must protect and work hard on using all 56% of the San Juan River water that the Navajo Nation is entitled to by working with the farmers, ranchers, and livestock owners who use the river for their livelihood. We will work with chapters and enterprises so they can use this water for their sustainability.

Our lands are sacred. I will fight for our natural resources and commit to being culturally sensitive and respecting our Navajo way-of-life and land users, whose concerns must be taken into account when discussing and implementing modern land-use practices.

End illegal dumping. The Nygren-Montoya Administration will establish a permanent solid waste management program with a Navajo Nation-wide landfill program to end illegal dumping.

Environment

For the first time in recent decades, we will provide Navajo Nation resources to our relatives who live and work off the Navajo Nation. We can build positive support for Navajos abroad that extend beyond the borders of our nation.

Off-Reservation Support

- Utilize our Navajo professionals in their respective fields and experience to assist the Navajo Nation.
- Establish a housing program to build homes for all Navajo people and all income levels with federal funding and lending programs that will motivate our people to build their own homes on and off the Navajo Nation.

Urban Relatives

We must ensure prompt services are delivered for our precious grandmas and grandpas. It is important for both our elders and our society as a whole to keep our grandmas and grandpas close through local assisted living facilities, elderly care homes, and nursing homes.

Probate

For our elders, livestock sustains and supports their homes and livelihoods. The Nygren-Montoya Administration will work to address concerns about our grazing permit holders and homesite lease processes so that permittees and leaseholders are heard.

We must do better to ensure issues with probate are resolved equitably, before they require lawful action that disrupts, rather than harmonizes.

Elderly

The Nygren-Montoya Administration will work to resolve the challenges that COVID-19 brought to our schools, including mental wellness, school absences, distrust of in-person classes, and increased learning disparities. We must assess what it means to educate Navajo students in the 21st Century, especially in light of national events.

Short-term Improvements

Increase support technology for teaching and learning for our students.

Improve our relatives’ educational and special education experience.

Improve early childhood development, head start, and after school programs.

Mid-term Improvements

Carry out the Navajo Sovereignty in Education Act of 2005 by making the Department of Diné Education (DODE) a high-performance organization staffed with licensed educational professionals.

Elevate and preserve the Navajo language by developing a comprehensive Navajo language learning program.

Provide students access to health and behavioral health care at schools.

Long-term Improvements

Work to save our culture so our people can learn about our Navajo way-of-life and our ceremonies and life healing sciences.

Address the chronic workforce shortage in our schools including teachers, school bus drivers, and school administrators.

Promote accountability for a safe and healthy environment for every student to succeed.

Work with Tribally Controlled Grant Schools who have the right and responsibility to educate our children in a manner that supports our language and cultural beliefs.

Higher Education

Construct affordable student housing in urban areas like Flagstaff, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Albuquerque for our Navajo students receiving higher education.

Offer more scholarships and internship opportunities and investigate different ways the Navajo Nation can best support students in need of financial aid.

Create a Navajo Nation Student Loan Forgiveness Program to ease the burden many Navajo students are challenged with today.

Invest in new and improved trade school programs across the Navajo Nation.

Incentivize Navajo students to become veterinarians by creating partnerships with universities.

Education

Local Governance

We will actively communicate with and empower local communities to innovate at the chapter level to take care of their local needs and create opportunities for our people to build homes, start businesses, and attend quality schools.

The Nygren-Montoya Administration will commit to giving more authority and autonomy to the 110 Navajo Nation Chapters to get the hard work done while holding them to high accountability standards for the People’s money. We can approach this in three ways:

1. Offer much-needed support to empower our 110 chapters.

2. Commit to improving government efficiency and participation through technology.

3. Work to improve wages across Navajo to reflect local and regional markets and offer resources to increase the effectiveness of the services they provide.

We will commit to standing with Native America to fight for our sovereignty, culture, way of life, and language. We will commit to protecting Navajo voting rights and accessibility at local polling locations. When it comes to the unique needs of the Eastern Navajo Agency, we will commit to supporting our Navajo people regarding land issues.

Government

We have an opportunity to streamline the process for applying for veteran benefits, including housing, medical, and healing services. The Nygren-Montoya Administration will collaborate with our veteran warriors who believe their interests are not currently being addressed and heard, and we will do better. We will focus on challenges facing veterans:

- Housing
- Medical needs
- Benefits
- Jobs
- Training
- Transportation

We can accomplish this by creating a model Veterans division at the Window Rock level that will lead the way for efficiency in delivering government services. It will be led by a division director who will listen and work with veterans.

I acknowledge both veterans and those currently serving abroad and understand that our Navajo men and women serve in the military at a much higher rate per capita than any other racial group.

Veterans

Our Nation Nation’s human services programs will focus on alleviating social ills that some of our Navajo people experience on a daily basis, including:

- Alcohol abuse
- Drug abuse
- Gambling addiction
- Suicide
- Adverse childhood experiences
- Childhood sexual abuse
- Domestic violence
- Post-traumatic stress
- Poor mental health
- Obesity
- Diabetes

We have talked about establishing treatment, rehabilitation facilities, and re-entry programs, and the Nygren-Montoya Administration will get it done through partnership and collaboration with agencies across all levels of government.

The Nygren-Montoya Administration will collaborate with medicine people, the Native American Church (NAC), and churches to address mental and social well-being. We will work with our Diné women to take on the significant challenges they face, like workplace harassment, gender inequality, childcare services, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) support services.

We will prioritize support programs for our homeless youth and work to increase funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS) and Navajo Nation PL-638 health care facilities. The Nygren-Montoya Administration will work on increasing the number of daycares and apartment complexes across the Navajo Nation.

Health & Social

 

Events

DAYS UNTIL ELECTION

voter dates

Election Events
Date
Voter Registration Reopens
08/13/2022
Last Day to Register to Vote
10/01/2022
Absentee Voting Begins
10/10/2022
Last Day to Request Absentee Ballot
10/18/2022
Absentee Voting Ends
11/05/2022
General Election Day at Chapters
11/08/2022
Absentee Ballot by Mail Deadline
11/09/2022

campaign events

Navajo Taco Sale (Past Event)

9/6/22, 6:30 PM

321 Stagecoach Rd, Gallup, NM, USA

Help us fund the campaign with some delicious Navajo Tacos!

Navajo Business Owner Meet & Greet

9/15/22, 1:00 AM

324a Dee Ann Avenue, Gallup, NM, USA

Navajo Business Owners come join us and let’s talk about issues and solutions! Hosted by Penny Emerson.

Western Navajo Fair Parade

10/9/22, 3:00 AM

Tuba City, AZ, USA

Join us at the final Navajo Nation fair parade in Tuba City!

Navajo Nation Fair Parade (Past Event)

9/10/22, 3:00 PM

Window Rock, AZ, USA

Join us as we walk the Navajo Nation Fair Parade Route!

Diné College Presidential Debate

9/22/22, 12:00 AM

Tsaile, AZ, USA

Watch Buu and Richelle debate online via the Diné College livestream!

Navajo Nation Presidential Debate

10/22/22, 5:00 PM

111 East Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Hosted by the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU!

Meet & Greet with Richelle Montoya

9/14/22, 12:00 AM

Crownpoint, NM, USA

Come out and enjoy some pizza at the Meet and Greet with VP Candidate Richelle Montoya at the Bashas' parking lot in front of Victoria's Pizza!

Northern Navajo Fair Parade

10/1/22, 3:00 PM

Shiprock, NM, USA

Pending the final fair schedule, we'll be in Shiprock for the fair parade!

Navajo Nation General Election Day

11/8/22, 1:00 PM

Navajo Nation, AZ, USA

Polls open 6AM for in-person voting at Navajo Nation Chapters and close at 7PM!

*Notice: Dates and locations are subject to change by event organizers.

MEDIA

Navajo Nation Fair Song & Dance

saturday, september 10, 2022

2022 Navajo Golf Outing (Albuquerque, NM)

Monday, September 5, 2022
2022 Navajo Annual Golf Outing
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Gallup Flea Market Food Sale Fundraiser (Gallup, NM)

September 3, 2022
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