Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez (Photo by Rick Abasta)
Published November 26, 2016
WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA – The Navajo Nation’s President and Vice President’s Office released the following statement on Thanksgiving Day:
During this Thanksgiving season, we would like to extend our appreciation to all the Navajo people, the staff of our administration, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council, all Navajo Nation departments, and those outside agencies who have assisted our work and goals.
We appreciate your continued support and assistance.
This is a season of being thankful for the things that we have. At times, we might struggle and feel like it’s hard to make ends meet but we have to remember the motivations that keep us working for a better future.
Let’s be thankful for our lives, as they are sacred gifts from Our Creator. We should also be thankful for our K’e and the support they provide for us.
The Begaye-Nez Administration embraces the concepts of K’e and Hozho. We look to these concepts for guidance in our lives, which extends to taking care of our K’e as they have taken care of us. By doing so, we honor our kinship and show appreciation to their value in our lives.
Taking care of our elders also implements a cycle of Hozho for our youth to follow. In this way, we can bring balance to our families and also our own lives.
We encourage families and friends to reach out to one another and provide warm greetings and support for each other. This is how our Navajo communities should be.
The winter months have brought the cold weather and many of our families are keeping warm around the wood stove. Please check on your grandparents and elderly relatives to see that they have enough wood, water and a warm meal over the holidays.
Our elders carry with them so much traditional knowledge and life experience. They are the true keepers of our language and culture. Let’s connect them with our children so they can learn from one another. Let them enjoy each other’s company around the dinner table during the holiday season.
The Begaye-Nez Administration would like to thank and remember all our Navajo Veterans who have served and are currently serving in the U.S. Military. It is with great pride that our Navajo servicemen and veterans have served our country and we salute them today and everyday.
With so many people traveling home and on the road during this season, we ask that everyone take extra precaution to be safe. Stay alert on the road and always watch out for the other driver. We cherish our Navajo people and want you all to live long and prosperous lives.
Once again from the Begaye-Nez Administration, have a safe and wonderful holiday. We love you and want you to enjoy yourselves and your families. God Bless the Navajo Nation.