Incoming Navajo Nation president, vice president name transition team

List headed by Clara Pratte, who managed campaign

Noel Lyn Smith
Farmington Daily Times
Navajo Nation presidential candidate Jonathan Nez, at center, and vice presidential candidate Myron Lizer, right, pose for photos at the conclusion of the 2018 presidential debate on Oct. 16 at Navajo Technical University's Wellness Center in Crownpoint.

FARMINGTON — Navajo Nation President-elect Jonathan Nez and Vice President-elect Myron Lizer have named several campaign members and former tribal government officials to their transition team as they prepare to take office next year.

Clara Pratte, Christopher Bahe, Sarah Woodie-Jackson, Shaun Sells, Leonard Chee and Frederick H. White were named to the team on Nov. 16.

Pratte served as the campaign manager and is a former executive director for the Navajo Nation Washington Office in Washington, D.C.

Bahe, Woodie-Jackson and Sells also helped the campaign, and each was a staff assistant for Nez in the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President.

Chee is a former Navajo Nation Council delegate who represented the chapters of Leupp, Tsídii To'ii and Tolani Lake in Arizona. Chee has served in other tribal government roles, including work as an executive staff assistant for the president's office and former executive director for the Division of Community Development.

Myron Lizer, left, Dottie Lizer, Phefelia Herbert-Nez and Jonathan Nez celebrate their win in the Navajo Nation presidential and vice presidential election on Nov. 6 in Window Rock, Ariz.

White is a former executive director for the Division of Natural Resources under former President Ben Shelly.

"It is imperative to have a smooth transition of power from one administration to the next to provide the best service to the Navajo people," the announcement states.

Nez and Lizer were elected on Nov. 6, and they will take the oath of office in January.

To thank tribal members for supporting the campaign, the incoming leaders have organized six events in various regions of the Navajo Nation.

The event for the Northern Agency will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Office of Diné Youth in Shiprock, according to a press release.

Previous events were held in Crownpoint, and in St. Michaels and Dilkon, both in Arizona.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at