The 23rd Navajo Nation Council has confirmed Ethel Branch to serve as the Attorney General of the Navajo Nation. Branch is originally from Tuba City, Arizona and a graduate of Harvard Law School. She also earned her Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
In addition to earning a Juris Doctorate, Branch is a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association as well as a member of the bar association in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Arizona. Prior to her appointment on May 12, 2015, she served as an Associate for Kanji & Katzen, PLLC in Seattle Washington since 2012. Her previous experience also includes serving as the co-chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission and an attorney for the Indian Law Resource Center in Washington D.C.
The Council unanimously supported the bill, sponsored by Council Delegate Dwight Witherspoon, on Thursday with a vote of 19-0. According to the resolution, Branch’s appointment shall be concurrent with Russell Begaye’s term as President.