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Monday, August 9, 2010

Navajo Environmental Activist Earl Tulley Announces Candidacy for Navajo Vice President

Navajo environmental activist Earl Tulley announces candidacy for vice president with Navajo Presidential hopeful Lynda LovejoyBy Brenda Norrell
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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- Longtime Navajo environmental activist Earl Tulley announced Monday that he will run for vice president with Navajo Nation Presidential hopeful Lynda Lovejoy, the top vote getter in the Navajo primary election.

"I believe that the Lovejoy-Tulley ticket would like to awaken and bring to life the phrase 'Walk in Beauty,'" Tulley said during an interview at a Window Rock restaurant Monday afternooon.

While some Navajo say a woman should not serve as the leader of the Navajo Nation, Tulley sees it differently. "Leadership is not relative to gender, but the capacity to lead, that is what I see Lynda Lovejoy possess."

Tulley pointed out that 17,000 Navajo voters endorsed Lovejoy's role to be the president of the Navajo Nation in the primary.

Tulley, from Blue Gap, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation, served previously as the chairman of the board for Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint, N.M., and as a Navajo Housing Authority community developer, providing affordable housing to Navajo families.

Tulley was the vice president of Dine' Citizens Against Ruining our Environment for 22 years. Dine' CARE has fought to protect the Navajo forests from the clear cut logging of old growth pines and to protect the environment from the destruction of coal mines and power plants.

"I believe everyone is looking for sustainable development that will not impair the resources and health of the Navajo people, but that would give quality economic life for all."

When asked about this decision to run in the Navajo election, Tulley said one has to be prepared to serve when one is called to serve, whether it is to gather a load of firewood or to serve as vice president.

(This article may be republished only in full with full credits to Brenda Norrell/Censored News.)

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