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WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA - Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly released the following statement Monday after Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords announced her resignation on Sunday:
Representative Gabrielle Giffords
"The Navajo People wish to express their appreciation to Congresswoman Giffords for her work on our behalf. In her representation of the 8th Congressional District of Arizona she advocated tirelessly for Native American Veterans and for the advancement of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, touching the lives of many of our Navajo people."
"While I served as Vice President of the Navajo Nation I was fortunate to get to meet with Gabby and work collaboratively with her on health care issues. I always have admired her work ethic, her dedication to her constituents, and her tenacity. It is this very tenacity that has been exhibited in her miraculous recovery."
"I join the people of this great Nation in saying thank you and ahe'hee for your work and I know that this will not be the end to your public service. I wish the family of Congresswoman Giffords strength during this continued time of recovery and extend prayers and well wishes on behalf of the Navajo people."
US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, who was senselessly shot just over a year ago, announced on Sunday that she is resigning from Congress this week so that she can devote her attention to her full recovery.
posted January 24, 2012 6:00 am est
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