Edward D. Manuel and Verlon M. Jose were sworn in Friday as the chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

The swearing in and the taking of the oath of office took place during a 9 a.m. ceremony in the Legislative chambers in Sells, the capital of the nation, which is 60 miles southwest of Tucson.

In a statement, Chairman Manuel said he and Vice Chairman Jose "humbly extend our appreciation and thank the people for entrusting us with this high honor and major responsibility to lead this great nation."

"We are ready to fulfill that leadership role and to start addressing the many needs and problems of our people."

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Manuel and Jose were elected May 23 in the general election, ousting Chairman Ned Norris Jr. and Vice Chairwoman Wavalene M. Romero.

An inauguration ceremony for Manuel and Jose is set for 9 a.m. June 26 at Tohono O'odham High School in San Simon. A reception will follow in the evening at Desert Diamond Center.