First Navajo Nation Presidential Forum to be Hosted by Navajo Technical University

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is facing 17 opponents in his re-election bid. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published June 16, 2018

CROWNPOINT, N.M. – On Monday, June 18, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. – MDT, eighteen candidates will convene in Crownpoint for the first Navajo Nation presidential forum of the 2018 political season. The forum will be open to the public at Navajo Technical University’s Wellness Center and is sponsored by the Navajo Times and KTNN. NTU will be providing a live stream of the event on its website and KTNN will be providing a live remote broadcast.

NTU hosted a presidential forum during the 2014 election, and will assume the responsibility of launching this year’s series of forums. After Crownpoint, the tour will proceed to Ganado, Arizona on June 16, Tuba City, Arizona on July 23, Shiprock, New Mexico on Aug. 6, and Tsaile, Arizona on Aug. 20.  At each forum, a series of questions will be presented to candidates, which they’ll have allotted time to articulate their stance on key issues.

Noisemakers are prohibited at the presidential forum and only clear bags will be permitted at the entrance. Signs, posters, banners, and outside food vendors will also not be permitted; however, a 10 x 10 space will be available for candidates. Protesters are limited to a designated area on campus near the NTU cafeteria. All rules will be strictly enforced.

Media personnel are encouraged to attend the event, but they must obtain a media badge upon arrival. Doors at the forum will open at approximately 4 PM and the event is expected to end around 9 PM. Campus tours will run prior to the event. For more information about the presidential forum, to schedule a tour, or to obtain a media badge, please contact NTU Communications Director Daniel Vandever at

The live steam will be available at

Correction: This is an updated version: The Navajo Nation presidential forum in Ganado, Arizona has been changed to Monday, June 16.

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