By The Associated Press WriterThis week, the Navajo Nation, with its iconic red and white colors, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the United States.
On the front lawn of the Navajo Indian Community Center in Phoenix, Ariz., Navajo members of the media and a handful of Navajo lawmakers attended a news conference to announce the ceremony, which is being held in conjunction with the annual Navajo and American Indian Film Festival.
President Donald Trump, his wife Melania, and other members of his family, including his daughters Ivanka and Eric, attended the event.
A Native American group has been organizing the celebration, and members of a group called the Navajo Art Council are working with a nonprofit to distribute 50,000 Navajo-branded jewelry to students across the country.
The group has donated the jewelry to schools and other community organizations.
Trump, who is the chief executive officer of Trump National Golf Club, is scheduled to play a round of golf with the president at the Trump National Doral Miami Beach resort in Miami Beach, Fla., on Wednesday.
The event was organized by the Navajo Tribal Council, a nonprofit that supports cultural heritage conservation, tourism and Native American affairs.
It was co-sponsored by the Department of the Interior, the Department’s Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Reclamation.
The president is set to participate in a special ceremony in honor of Navajo Nation President David Shearer, who died earlier this year at the age of 96.