Navajo Nation President Begaye (second from right) was joined by Toyei Board Chairwoman Brenda Hoskie (right) and other members of the board as Hoskie presented a plaque to the president.
Published January 3, 2018
WINDOW ROCK – On December 28, 2017, Toyei Industries presented a plaque to Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye for his office’s contribution in furthering services that assist Navajos with physical and mental disabilities.
“With your help, we are still open today,” Toyei Board Chairwoman and CEO, Brenda Hoskie told President Begaye. “Your office is the only one that saw the sensitivity of the situation in Toyei.”
Toyei Industries is an entity of the Navajo Nation established by a Navajo Nation Council resolution in 1976. Toyei Industries provides employment and training services for Navajo handicapped persons.
“The Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) realized there is a need to continue services to our tribal members with disabilities. We cannot write off our disabled members because they are very capable of assisting our communities and our Nation in general,” President Begaye said. “The dollars we provided to Toyei Industries went toward extending operations for their staff who provide direct services to our disabled members in the area.”
Hoskie said that in light of financial need, Toyei Industries currently has seven clients and is working to bring in new clients from the Birdsprings and Pinon area.
“We need more facilities to help bring our people home,” Hoskie said. “As new board members, this is our goal.”
President Begaye said that the Office of President and Vice President will continue to advocate on behalf of those who cannot speak up for themselves.
“With our help, Toyei Industries is still open today,” he said. “We will continue to lend a helping hand to our tribal members who need an opportunity to contribute to a greater Navajo Nation.”