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Navajo leader urges unity after mayor's alcoholism comment

Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice-President/President Jonathan Nez

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) — The president of the Navajo Nation is calling on elected officials in towns that border the reservation to work with the tribe to combat the coronavirus.

Jonathan Nez made the comments in response to an online post by the mayor of nearby Page, Arizona. He wrote online that he wished the tribe would put more resources into battling alcoholism. The mayor has since apologized.

While he understands alcoholism is a problem, Nez says those comments have far-reaching implications and urged him to be more respectful of the relationship between Navajos and the city of Page.