Former Navajo Nation Council delegate dies

The Daily Times staff
Former Navajo Nation Council Delegate Peterson B. Yazzie, left, receives a blanket for his service on the council from Speaker LoRenzo Bates on April 13 in Window Rock, Ariz.


FARMINGTON — Former Navajo Nation Council Delegate Peterson B. Yazzie died on Sunday, according to a press release from the Office of the Speaker.

Yazzie, 67, served three terms representing the Naschitti and Tohatchi chapters from 1999 to 2011 under the former 88-member council.

He also served as an interim delegate from Aug. 31, 2016, to April 13, 2017, representing the chapters of Bahastl'ah, Coyote Canyon, Mexican Springs, Naschitti and Tohatchi.

"We will remember our leader for his humble and honorable service to his communities and the entire Navajo Nation — we are grateful to his family and loved ones," Speaker LoRenzo Bates said in the release.

Yazzie is survived by his wife, Isabelle Yazzie, along with five children, 13 grandchildren and a great-grandchild, according to the release.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup, the release states.

Burial will be at the Red Willows Farm family plot in Tohatchi, according to the release.