Speaker Seth Damon of the 24th Navajo Nation Council has been a strong ally for our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and two-spirit family members since his election. Through his speakership, Legislation 0195-19 sponsored by Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown was passed to help protect the Navajo LGBTQ+ community from discrimination. The bill states support for Senate Bill 788 - allowing the Navajo government to lobby for the passage of the Equality Act in Congress. This is the first time the Navajo Nation has taken a political position to openly-advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.
Reelected in 2018 for his second-term, Speaker Damon represents the communities of Bááháálí, Chilchiltah, Manuelito, Red Rock, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh, New Mexico. He has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and American Indian Studies from Fort Lewis College. is from the community of Bááháálí, New Mexico, and previously served on the 23rd Navajo Nation Council as chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee. His maternal clan is Bit’ahnii and is born for Naaneesht’ézhi Táchii’nii. His maternal grandfather is Áshįįhíí and his paternal grandfather is Tsénahabiłnii.
Speaker Seth Damon
With the most COVID-19 cases in the United States per capita, the medical centers across the Navajo Nation continue to fight at the frontline battling this pandemic. Together, our medical personnel - medicine people, mental health officials, nurses, doctors, aides, EMTs, and/or support staff - risk their lives in their professional roles to serve us. They have given much to ensure our LGBTQ+ relatives and family members are healthy and protected during this time. Their duty and sacrifice for our Sovereign Nation is remembered.