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PRESS RELEASE: Navajo Nation Democrats Mourn Loss of Former Rep. Sylvia Laughter


October 17, 2022

NAVAJO NATION – Representatives Jasmine Blackwater-Nygren, Myron Tsosie and Senator Theresa Hatathlie today offered condolences to the family and loved ones of former Rep. Sylvia Laughter of Kayenta, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 63. Laughter served from 1999-2005 in the House. She remained active on the Navajo Nation as a private consultant, including recently helping secure a new building for the Navajo Radio Station, according to family members.

The statement from Blackwater-Nygren, Tsosie and Hatathlie:

"We are saddened to hear of the passing of Representative Sylvia Laughter. She worked tirelessly to represent her district and continued to make an impact in our community after her service in the Legislature. She was a true trailblazer for other Navajo women to serve in the Legislature. It's heartbreaking to lose such a humble true Diné Asdzání Naat'áanii. We send our deepest condolences and prayers of comfort to her family and loved ones."

Laughter's survivors include two daughters, Tasha Vlock and Nikki Guminiak, both of Mesa, and seven sisters. She will be laid to rest in Mesa.


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