Biography of Apache County Recorder
LeNora Y. Fulton was born in Fort Defiance, Arizona to Fannie and Sam Yazzie and was the 4th of 7 children and is a member of the Navajo Nation. Her maternal clan is Tsenijikini (Honeycomb clan) and born for Taachini (Red Streak Running into the Water clan), She is the mother of 5 sons and 1 daughter and has 9 grandchildren. She graduated from Box Elder High, Brigham City, Utah and received an Associate Degree from Dixie College, St. George, Utah. She obtained a Bachelor Degree in Community Health Education from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah and earned a second Bachelor Degree in Secondary Education, Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona. She obtained a Master Degree in Health Education, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. She also attended Dine College, Window Rock, Arizona. She obtained a CPM from Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona.
Recorder Fulton was employed with the Navajo Nation government in several capacity, i.e., Assistant Director, Community Health Program; Director of the Prevention of Substance Abuse Program for the Youth; Director of the Women, Infant & Children Program; Deputy Director, Division of Health; School Board Liaison, Navajo Area School Board Association; Deputy Director, Department of Behavioral Health; Administrative Officer, Division of Dine Education.
Recorder Fulton also served as an elected official, i.e., Secretary/Treasurer, Fort Defiance Chapter; Board member, Navajo Board of Election Supervisors(serving her 3rd term); member, Fort Defiance Hospital Board; Member, Navajo Nation Council and served as Vice Chairperson of the Government Service Committee. She is now serving a second term as the County Recorder and is the President of the Arizona Association of County Recorders.
She has volunteered in her community working with the youth, involved in church activities, and continues to volunteer as an advocacy for women and families.
Her philosophy of life is, “We are here on mother earth for a reason, to fulfill a role to enhance the life of others, and to greet each day with gladness and great expectation of learning new ways to meet the challenges that is placed in our path. Hardship and sadness comes our way to humble and remind us that the Great Creator is our strength and prayer is the straight path to his door.”
As the County Recorder, three of her goals are: to increase voter registration in Apache County to 60,000 voters by 2016; and to complete the back scanning of all recorded documents from 1800s to present, so that the citizens can access any recorded documents readily; and to support Apache County’s challenge of striving to maintain a balanced budget and at the same time provide quality services to all citizens throughout the county.