After serving a four-year term as Vice President of the Navajo Nation, this Democratic Party politician took office as seventh President of the Navajo Nation.
Before becoming involved in Native American politics, he worked for a heavy equipment corporation in Chicago, Illinois.
In the early 1990s, he became a member of the Thoreau Navajo Nation Council.
His many-decades-long marriage to Martha Shelly produced five children.
He and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Annie Wauneka were both high-ranking members of the Navajo Nation.