On April 30, 2017, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez signed legislation that changes the youth council status from ad-hoc to an advisory committee for all branches of government. Begaye said that he congratulated the youth for their persistence to ensure the legislation was brought to the table to be signed into law.
“I am excited to be a part of this historic moment in Navajo Nation history,” Begaye said. “We know that our youth is the future and with this piece of legislation they will provide input at all levels of government and policy.”
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Note: this article was first published in April 2017. It was reviewed and updated in January 2018.