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Navajo leader sets day of remembrance for Ford

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Posted: Friday, December 29, 2006 1:20 pm | Updated: 3:15 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

WINDOW ROCK -- Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. has declared Jan. 2 a day of remembrance for former U.S. President Gerald Ford, who died this week.

All Navajo Nation offices, with the exception of public safety offices, will be closed Tuesday.

On Thursday, President Bush declared Jan. 2 a national day of mourning, asking people to gather in places of worship to honor Ford's memory and ordering nonessential government departments to close.

Shirley said the Navajo Nation was "greatly saddened" by Ford's death.

The former president is remembered by Native people for signing the Indian Self-Determination Act - the 1975 legislation that ended federal dominance of tribal programs - and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act that authorized improved resources for Indian health care delivery, Shirley said.

Flags are being flown at half-staff across the Navajo reservation until Jan. 5 in honor of Ford.

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