• WASHINGTON—Last night President Trump announced his Supreme Court justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh is 53 years old and considered a conservative choice that will most likely win support from most Republican members of the Senate to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy who is retiring at the end of July.

  • ALBUQUERQUE—The proposed reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and elimination of a Navajo region violate tribal sovereignty and the Treaty of 1868, President Russell Begaye said during a tribal consultation Monday in Albuquerque. More than 100 people representing about 20 tribal nations attended the four-hour consultation, which was the third of eight held at locations throughout Indian Country this summer.

  • WASHINGTON—On June 27, Navajo uranium workers affected by radiation exposure joined Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez who testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. The committee held a hearing on examining the eligibility requirements for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program to ensure all downwinders receive compensation.

  • WASHINGTON—President Russell Begaye will testify on the proposed fiscal 2019 budget before the House Interior and Environment Subcommittee on Thursday, May 10. The House panel will also receive testimony from American Indian and Alaska Native public witnesses regarding the budget for Indian programs beginning May 9. The deadline to submit written testimony is Friday, May 18, 2018.

  • WASHINGTON—President Russell Begaye is deeply concerned with recent statements made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that exempting American Indian and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) from work requirements for Medicaid benefits could raise "civil rights issues." “Tribal nations are governments. We are political entities. We are not a race in the eyes of the federal government nor have we been throughout history,” President Begaye said. “Our citizens pay the price when laws and precedent are ignored or misinterpreted. This is especially concerning because it will limit sorely needed health care services for our people.”

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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 940, 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.

 

 

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From the Blog

03/20/2018 - 2:20pm

WASHINGTON—On March 12, the Monument Valley Ambassadors, a group of high school students from Monument Valley High School, Utah, visited the Navajo Nation Washington Office (NNWO) during their visit to the nation's Capitol.

07/24/2017 - 4:06pm

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of the Interior released proposed land into trust regulations including reinstating "the 30-day delay for taking land into trust following a decision by the Secretary or Assistant Secretary."

The abstract reads:

"This rule revises existing regulations governing off-reservation trust acquisitions to establish new items that must be included in an application and threshold criteria that must be met for off-reservation acquisitions before National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance will be required. The rule will also reinstate the 30-day delay for taking land into trust following a decision by the Secretary or Assistant Secretary."