WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said the Navajo people took a strong stand to oppose liquor licenses at the Family Dollar’s in the Navajo communities of St. Michaels and Tuba City.
The company was attempting to secure licenses from the Arizona State Liquor Board to sell alcohol at the existing retail stores, but have now withdrawn the applications.
“This collective effort resulted in the withdrawal of the liquor license applications, which posed a direct threat to the health and safety of the residents of St. Michaels, Tuba City, and the entire Navajo Nation,” Nez said. “Our Navajo People have a long, ongoing battle with alcohol and the devastation that alcoholism causes to our families and communities. Consumption of alcohol has contributed to increased incidence of domestic violence and other criminal activity, motor vehicle fatalities, and deaths caused by exposure to extreme weather conditions.”