Navajo Nation Regional Director Begins Role at Bureau of Indian Affairs
Earlier this year Navajo Nation’s Regional Director for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Sharon Pinto was reassigned to the Bureau of Indian Education as the Deputy Director. Despite Navajo officials advocating for her to remain in the job, the change became official this month. The Navajo Nation had issued its official position, citing the failure of the Department of the Interior to uphold the requirements and principal of government-to-government consultation and what they called the department’s arbitrary and unilateral decision to reassign Pinto, a member of the Navajo Nation, in total disregard for the input, consultation, or concerns of the Navajo Nation. Pinto, a graduate of Northern Arizona University, thanked tribal officials, her staff, and family for their support during a ceremony Thursday in Window Rock, AZ. More here.