• WASHINGTON – Tribal and federal officials called Monday’s planned sale of Indian remains and sacred objects at a French auction “disrespectful and fundamentally wrong” and called for the return of the items. Leaders from the Navajo, Hoopa and Acoma Pueblo tribes gathered with federal officials and advocates Tuesday to draw attention to the planned Parisian auction, in which they objected to the sale of one Hoopa cultural item and two Acoma Pueblo items, among hundreds of items.

  • Diné College Interim President Martín Miguel Ahumada provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in support of S 2564, legislation to authorize the Diné College Act of 2016. The bill authorizes funding to support operational funding and a much needed facilities study along with additional funding for construction projects at the College’s two campuses and four satellite sites across the Navajo Nation. The Diné College Act of 2016 replaces the Navajo Nation Higher Education Act of 2008, which expired in 2014.

  • The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing on four education bills that would have an impact on early childhood programs, elementary and secondary schools, and tribal colleges serving Navajo students. The following witnesses provided testimony and answered questions as part of the hearing: Acting Assistant Secretary Larry Roberts, Arizona State Senator Carlyle Begay, National Indian Education President Patricia Whitefoot, and Salish Kootenai College President Sandra Boham.

  • Regarding the Bureau of Indian Education’s announcement of 10 BIE schools eligible for replacement, seven of which are on the Navajo Nation, Navajo President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez lauded the announcement as a great step in the right direction toward replacing or renovating schools in dilapidated conditions. “Many of our schools on the Navajo Nation were built years ago and many need to be renovated or replaced with new facilities,” President Begaye said.

  • WASHINGTON—Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez expressed grave concerns over suicide and the dramatic increase in sexual violence on the Navajo Nation to tribal leaders and federal health officials at the quarterly two-day Indian Health Service Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee (TSGAC) meeting. TSGAC develops and oversees the implementation of tribal self-governance legislation and authorities within the IHS under Title V of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.

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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 Us

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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.


About Navajo

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Who We Are

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.



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From the Blog

05/09/2016 - 12:58pm

The Tribal Interior Budge Council Meeting will take place May 10-12 at the Washington Plaza Hotel.

03/25/2016 - 6:03pm

WASHINGTON—Congress is currently out of session.The Senate will return on April 4 and the House of Representatives will return on April 12.