The Navajo Nation announced Wednesday that former Navajo President Thomas Atcitty has passed away. Atcitty served as the Vice President of the Navajo Nation from 1995 to 1998, and as President from February 1998 to July 1998. Prior to serving the Navajo Nation, he served seven terms as a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1980 to 1994. From 1972 to 1977, Atcitty served as the President of Navajo Community College, which is now known as Diné College. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer expressed condolences to the family saying “Thomas Atcitty leaves behind a great legacy and many long-lasting memories for his family, friends, and all Navajo people. We ask our Creator to bless his family with strength and comfort at this time.” Atcitty died Sunday of natural causes. He was 86-years-old.