Navajo Nation celebrates sovereignty day
All Navajo-operated government, educational and business organizations are closed today in commemoration of Navajo Sovereignty Day. The Nation established April 16 as Navajo Sovereignty Day in 1985, but it now is celebrated the fourth Monday of April. "To Navajos, the concept of sovereignty is simple," Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. said in a prepared statement. "It means being independent and standing on one's own two feet."