Russell Begaye

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Russell Begaye
Russell Begaye in 2016.jpg
8th President of the Navajo Nation
In office
May 12, 2015 – January 8, 2019
Vice PresidentJonathan Nez
Preceded byBen Shelly
Succeeded byJonathan Nez
Personal details
BornMay 4[1]
Shiprock, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles (BA)

Russell Begaye is a Navajo poliltician who served as the 8th president of Navajo Nation from May 2015 to January 2019. He was elected to the office on April 4, 2015[2] and was sworn-in on May 12, 2015.[3] He is the third New Mexican Navajo to hold the Navajo Presidency. Begaye is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.


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  2. ^ Skinner, Curtis. "Russell Begaye wins Navajo Nation presidency after delayed vote". Reuters. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. ^ Smith, Noel Lyn (2015-05-10). "Navajo President-elect Russell Begaye to take office Tuesday". Farmington Daily Times. Archived from the original on 2015-05-14. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Shelly
President of the Navajo Nation
Succeeded by
Jonathan Nez