Former Navajo lawmaker Leonard Haskie dies

The Daily Times staff
Leonard Haskie, right, is sworn in to the Navajo Nation Council on Nov. 26, 2014, in the council chamber in Window Rock, Ariz.

FARMINGTON — Former Navajo Nation lawmaker Leonard Haskie died Sunday at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, according to a press release from the Office of the President and Vice President.

Haskie, 71, represented Tsé Alnaozt'i'í Chapter for 12 years on the Navajo Tribal Council.

In 1989, he was appointed interim chairman of the tribe and then served as interim president after the council approved establishing a three-branch government, according to the release.

“Leonard Haskie was a person with a wealth of knowledge that he used to advance the Navajo Nation toward a better future,” President Russell Begaye said in the Monday release.

Gallup-McKinley County Schools hired Haskie in August 1995 to serve as assistant superintendent of support services and oversee construction, maintenance and operations, transportation and food services, according to the district's website.

In November 2014, Haskie was appointed to the Navajo Nation Council to fill the seat vacated by former delegate David Tom. Through January, he represented Beclabito, Gadii'ahi-Tokoi, Toadlena-Two Grey Hills, Tooh Haltsooí and Tsé Alnaozt'i'í chapters in New Mexico and Red Valley and Cove chapters in Arizona.

Council delegates remembered Haskie’s service in a press release from the Office of the Speaker on Monday.

“He was a devoted husband, father, brother and son. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to discuss with him Navajo political theory and foreign political structures,” said Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty, who now represents the seven chapters Haskie did, in the release.

Speaker LoRenzo Bates called Haskie "a highly respected and distinguished leader" of the tribe.