• (Photo credit: Jonathan Bailey) “Tribal nations have always advocated for a voice in the management of the area because of its great cultural and historical value. Inherent in the Bears Ears National Monument designation lies tribal responsibility in guiding management of the area,” President Begaye said. “It affords us the right to protect and preserve the sanctity of the land from which we harvest traditional medicines, and that we hold in reverence as the birthplace of our ancestors.”

  • WASHINGTON—Navajo Nation Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown testified today before Congress in support of HR 986, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017. The bill provides clarity on the labor rights of Indian tribes on Indian lands under the National Labor Relations Act. The Navajo Nation supports this legislation honoring its sovereignty and self-determination as well as its companion bill in the Senate, S 63. "We are not asking for special treatment. We want the same treatment as the federal government and states. If they are able to self-govern and be self-determined with regards to the National Labor Relations Act, so should we," stated Delegate Brown.

  • The Navajo Nation is made up of strong and resilient people. Our community has overcome great challenges to ensure that we are able to live on our homeland and continue our Navajo traditions. Now, our nation is faced with an impending economic disaster after the owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), a power plant on Navajo land, have threatened to shut down the facility by 2019. The Navajo Generating Station is the largest coal power plant in the Western United States, and is a critical economic engine for both our reservation and the state of Arizona.

  • The new leader of the Department of the Interior is working to improve tribal consultation policies, acknowledging past mistakes in the federal government's dealings with sovereign Indian nations. In his first appearance on Capitol Hill, Secretary Ryan Zinke repeated what has become his defining phrase when it comes to tribal matters. “Sovereignty should mean something,” the new Cabinet official told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday. Photo by Indianz.Com

  • WASHINGTON—Speaking before the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services headquarters, President Russell Begaye urged HHS Secretary Tom Price to examine the quality of care and services provided by the Indian Health Service. This was Secretary Price’s first STAC meeting with tribal leaders since being confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 10. Secretary Price explained that his priorities for HHS are “patients, people, and partnerships.”

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Welcome to the Navajo Nation Washington Office

Founded in 1984 and located on Capitol Hill, the Navajo Nation Washington Office serves as the Navajo Nation's advocate with Congress, the White House and federal agencies. The NNWO monitors and analyzes congressional legislation, disseminates congressional and federal agencies' information, develops strategies and decisions concerning national policies and budgets that affect the Navajo Nation.

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Who We Are

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Enter Washington, DC from any direction, on any road, and you will experience its most striking qualities--national monuments, world- renowned museums, and most importantly, the center of the United States political power.

The Navajo Nation has a storied history with the United States government that has resulted in a government-to-government relationship between the two sovereigns. This relationship finds its foundation in our sacred Treaty of 1868. Navajo leaders since then have been meeting with Washington, DC officials as sovereigns. 

As a result of this government-to-government relationship the Navajo Nation has found it necessary to continue the Navajo Nation's presence in Washington, DC and thus officially opened the Navajo Nation Washington Office in 1984.

The Washington Office monitors and analyzes congressional legislation, disseminates congressional and federal agencies’ information, develops strategies and decisions concerning national policies and budgets that affect the Navajo Nation. It also assists the Navajo Nation in developing legislative language and testimony.

The NNWO is located on Capitol Hill and serves as the Navajo Nation's advocate with Congress, the White House, and federal agencies. Since August 1984 our office has served as an extension of the Navajo Nation government to represent our concerns to the federal government and agencies.

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Visiting Washington, DC

We welcome you to visit our offices located at 750 First St., NE Suite 1010, Washington DC 20002. Contact our office to schedule a visit (202) 682-7390 or email at info@nnwo.org

We are conveniently located two blocks from Union Station Metro Stop on the Red Line.

 

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  • Bills: View bill summaries, Navajo support/opposition, history of the bill, floor action, and votes.

  • Administrative policies: Find agency action items on issue areas, grant alerts, Federal register notices, national meetings, and consultation dates/announcements.

  • White papers: Read analyses of policies and issues affecting the Navajo Nation.

  • Budget numbers: View detailed breakdowns of budget items.

 

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The Navajo Nation is the largest tribal nation in the United States, with over 300,000 citizens. The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, encompassing over 27,000 square miles of unparalleled beauty. Diné Bikéyah, or Navajoland, is larger than 10 of the 50 states in the United States.

The reservation includes more than 14 million acres of trust lands, which are leased for various productive uses, including farming; grazing; oil, gas, and other mineral development; businesses; rights-of-way; timber harvesting; and housing.

Visitors from around the world are intrigued and mystified when they hear the Navajo language – so, too, were the enemy during World War II. Unknown to many, the Navajo language was used to create a secret code to battle the Japanese. Navajo men were selected to create codes and serve on the front line to overcome and deceive those on the other side of the battlefield. Today, these men are recognized as the famous Navajo Code Talkers, who exemplify the unequaled bravery and patriotism of the Navajo people.

 

 

From the Blog

11/18/2016 - 2:15pm

Lawmakers have decided to put off government funding decisions until March 2017. That gives Republicans time to coordinate with President-elect Donald Trump, but it also means they have to devise another stopgap deal before Dec. 9. Lawmakers are in recess for Thanksgiving.