May 292013

The Honorable Evelyne E. Bradley, 88, known as the Navajo Nation’s Mother of Justice, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Services were held May 24 at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance.
She was born March 1, 1925, and was originally from Cross Canyon. Her clan was Bitter Water born for Towering House. Her maternal grandparent’s clan was Cliff Dwellers People and her paternal grandparent’s clan was Red House People.
She attended North Phoenix High School and graduated from Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan., in 1947.
She was appointed a district court judge by Peterson Zah and was confirmed a probationary district court judge on April 24, 1984. Her permanent appointment was confirmed on April 23, 1986. She retired Feb. 25, 1995, after nearly 11 years of service.
The judge served with the Ramah, Tuba City and Kayenta judicial districts. She also served as acting Chief Justice in 1984-85. After retirement, she was elected to the Justice of the Peace position for Navajo County in Kayenta.
She had previously worked at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity, Navajo Housing Authority and as a court advocate. She also served as executive secretary during the respective administrations of Tribal Chairmen Sam Ahkeah and Paul Jones.
Survivors include her four children, Jayme Platero, Frank Bradley III, Francis Bradley and Francine Bradley Arthur; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Bradley Jr.; and a son, Wess Edward “Hogo” Smith.Evelyne Bradley