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Klee Benally, cultural advocate and land defender, dies at 48

By Kianna Joe
Navajo Times
Dec 31, 2023

KINŁÁNÍ-DOOK’O’OOSŁÍÍD – Klee Benally died the morning of Dec. 31, 2023. He was 48.

Benally’s family will be having a family meeting later today to share a formal announcement of Benally’s life, according to an Indigenous Action social media post.

Benally was from Dziłyíjiin, Arizona. He was from the Tódích’íi’nii and Wandering People clans. He relocated to Kinłání, where he proudly stood tall with Dook’o’oosłííd.

In his last interview with the Navajo Times on Dec. 7, Benally credited his father, Jones Benally, a respected and known hataałii, who shared the Diné traditions and culture with him.