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Navajo Nation Council confirms appointments for key positions

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WINDOW ROCK – On Thursday, the Navajo Nation Council approved three separate legislations confirming the appointments of Ethel Branch as the Attorney General of the Navajo Nation and Jackson Brossy as the executive director of the Navajo Nation Washington Office, and consenting to the appointment of Jesse Del11751465_889422264438132_1223593390104333028_nmar as the executive director of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.

Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) sponsored legislation to confirm Brossy, following the appointment issued by President Russell Begaye in May. The appointment of Brossy to serve in the NNWO was supported unanimously with a vote of 20-0.

Brossy earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy from Stanford University and his Master’s Degree in Public Policy at Harvard University.

His professional experience includes serving as a Senior Associate for Upper Mohawk, Inc., board member for Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Senior Strategist for Blue Stone Strategy Group, and as a Legislative Fellow and Legislative Associate for the National Congress of American Indians.

Council members emphasized the need for increased communication and coordination, particularly in formulating position statements and strategies prior to meeting with Congressional members and other groups in Washington D.C. Additionally, Council Delegate Walter Phelps (Cameron, Coalmine Canyon, Leupp, Tolani Lake, Tsidi To ii) said one major challenge the new administration must resolve is retaining staff at the NNWO.

“High turnover is a problem and we often lose that institutional knowledge when staff leaves,” said Delegate Phelps.

Council members voted 19-0 in support of legislation sponsored by Council Delegate Dwight Witherspoon (Black Mesa, Forest Lake, Hardrock, Pinon, Whippoorwill), confirming the appointment of Ethel Branch to serve as the Attorney General of the Navajo Nation.

Branch is originally from Tuba City and a graduate of Harvard Law School. She also earned her Master’s Degree 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, 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. In accordance with Navajo Nation law, the newly confirmed Attorney General will serve at the pleasure of the Navajo Nation Council.

Through legislation sponsored by Council Delegate Otto Tso (Tó Nanees Dizi), the Council consented to the appointment of Jesse Delmar as the Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety with a vote of 16-0.

Delmar graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and of the Federal Law Enforcement Training.

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