Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren and Sinema discussed how they can work side-by-side on the Nation’s priorities
WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema met with newly-elected Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren to discuss how they can continue to work side-by-side and keep delivering on priorities important to the Nation and tribal communities across Arizona.
“I am honored to meet with President Nygren to continue our strong partnership with the Navajo Nation. Last Congress, we helped deliver historic results for Arizona tribal communities by working side-by-side and listening to the challenges they face – I remain committed to building on our successes by involving key leaders like President Nygren in real solutions,” said Sinema.
Sinema’s landmark Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law – bipartisan legislation the Senator wrote, negotiated, and ushered into law – makes historic investments in Arizona tribal communities, with significant investments in critical transportation and water infrastructure, energy production and grid resiliency infrastructure, broadband deployment, and security programs – creating jobs and expanding economic opportunity while respecting tribal sovereignty.
Specifically, Sinema’s law provides $3.5 billion for tribal water and sanitation infrastructure and resiliency, $2 billion to expand high-speed broadband in tribal communities, and $2.5 billion in funding to complete all currently-authorized Indian Water Rights Settlements.
Last year, Sinema announced nearly $3 million from her infrastructure law for Diné College’s CONNECT NAVAJO Project — an initiative to improve educational opportunity on the Navajo Nation by improving internet access, providing more hardware, and investing in information technology (IT) personnel.
Buu Nygren was elected President of the Navajo Nation in 2022 and took office on January 10, 2023.