Associated Press

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation is hosting a memorial event to honor the memory of former tribal president Albert Hale.

Tribal officials say the 70-year-old Hale died Tuesday because of complications from COVID-19.

Friday’s event was streamed live online and aired live on a Navajo language radio station.

Hale served as the Navajo Nation’s president from 1995-98 and was in the Arizona Legislature, where he served in the Senate from 2004-11 and in the House from 2011-17.

To honor Hale, tribal President Jonathan Nez has called for flags to be flown at half-staff through Saturday on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Thank you for joining the conversation on Please familiarize yourself with the community guidelines. Avoid personal attacks: Lively, vigorous conversation is welcomed and encouraged, insults, name-calling and other personal attacks are not. No commercial peddling: Promotions of commercial goods and services are inappropriate to the purposes of this forum and can be removed. Respect copyrights: Post citations to sources appropriate to support your arguments, but refrain from posting entire copyrighted pieces. Be yourself: Accounts suspected of using fake identities can be removed from the forum.