District 5 - Lena Fowler
Lena Fowler is serving her third term as Coconino County Supervisor for District 5.
She is Navajo, and was raised traditionally, herding sheep as a child and attending Kaibeto boarding schools.
Lena’s community service and volunteer work began in 1980 as a founding member of Tuba City Concerned Citizens. The group began the first coordination of the cleanup of the former Rare Metals Uranium Mill Tailings Site five miles north of Tuba City. She then served as a deputy registrar for the Navajo Nation and Coconino County. She was recognized twice for registering the most voters in Coconino County.
In 2006, she was appointed to the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission and served as its vice chairwoman until she stepped down to assume her duties on the Board of Supervisors. She was a member of the Commission’s negotiation and legislative teams, lobbied Congress, and worked with water rights attorneys, technical staff and consultants to establish Navajo Nation water rights in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. She also served as the Navajo Nation’s representative to the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council. Also that year, she put her organizational skills to work as campaign manager for Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr., in his successful bid to become the first Navajo president re-elected in 28 years.
From 2001 to 2005, Lena was a founding member and vice president of the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Board of Directors. In that capacity, she participated in negotiation sessions with the Indian Health Service which resulted in TCRHCC receiving the second-largest IHS health care contract in the country.
From 2002 to 2005, Lena served as president of the Association for Indian Self-Determination in Healthcare. In that capacity, she organized all of the 638 health care contractors on the Navajo Nation, worked cooperatively to solve issues of common interest, and coordinated successful lobbying efforts to the Navajo Nation and Congress.
She has three children: Raelene, Christopher and Shonie.