Russell Begaye

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Russell Begaye
President Russell Begaye of the Navajo Nation shares his views with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) representatives during the Tribal leaders consultation meeting. (2016)
8th President of the Navajo Nation
Assumed office
May 12, 2015
Vice President Jonathon Nez
Preceded by Ben Shelly
Personal details
Born Shiprock, New Mexico
Nationality  Navajo Nation and
Residence Window Rock, AZ
Occupation Public service; retired small business owner

Russell Begaye is the president of Navajo Nation. He was elected to the office on April 4, 2015[1] and was sworn-in on May 12, 2015.[2] He is the third New Mexican Navajo to hold the Navajo Presidency. Begaye is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.


  1. ^ Skinner, Curtis. "Russell Begaye wins Navajo Nation presidency after delayed vote". Reuters. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Smith, Noel Lyn. "Navajo President-elect Russell Begaye to take office Tuesday". Daily-Times. Retrieved 19 May 2015.