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Navajo Nation police chief resigns, then asks to be demoted instead

Navajo Nation
Katherine Davis-Young/KJZZ
A sign welcomes travelers to the Navajo Nation on July 13, 2021.

Navajo Nation Police Chief Daryl Noon resigned his position last week, but according to tribal government officials, he then asked to be demoted instead.

The nation’s department of public safety director is considering the request.

Noon joined the Navajo Police Department in 2019 and has worked in law enforcement since 1995, according to the Navajo nation’s website.

The tribe hasn’t said why Noon resigned. His departure comes on the heels of a tumultuous period for the tribal government. Two weeks ago, the tribe’s vice president accused President Buu Nygren of sexual harassment; a claim Nygren has denied.

Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.
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