• WINDOW ROCK—Leaders and citizens of the Navajo Nation, and of the United States, recognize August 14 as Navajo Code Talkers Day in honor of the contribution and sacrifice of the warriors who developed an unbreakable code to bring an end to World War II. “The freedom we enjoy is connected to the Navajo Code Talkers,” President Russell Begaye said. “On the front lines of some of history’s bloodiest battles, these men were using our language to protect American soldiers. Our language is powerful. It is strong and sacred.”

  • WASHINGTON—In a keynote address about combating suicide in Indian Country on July 25 at the National Indian Health Board’s (NIHB) American Indian & Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference, Vice President Nez told the story of the resilience of the Navajo people who marched on the Long Walk from the Navajo Nation to Bosque Redondo in 1864 and later returned to Navajo land in 1868. “Navajo people did not give up. President Begaye and I tell this story to our children in schools we visited across the Navajo Nation. The Long Walk is a story of resilience that should inspire the next generation,” Vice President Nez said.

  • WINDOW ROCK—President Russell Begaye welcomed Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) for a visiting tour of the Navajo Nation on July 27. Together they discussed the Utah Water Rights Settlement, uranium contamination and Navajo relocation. “I appreciate Congressman Curtis for coming to visit the great Navajo Nation,” President Begaye said. “To see firsthand what life is like in the local communities, to be educated on the issues facing the Navajo people, and to experience the culture are steps in the right direction.”

  • WASHINGTON— On July 17, The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Senate Rules Committee held a joint roundtable on the discussion of voting rights, access, and barriers in Indian County. The focus of the discussion was possible solutions and efforts to ensure all Native Americans have equal access to federal and state voting. Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Vice Chairman Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Senate Rules Committee Ranking Member Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) led the roundtable. Additionally, Sens. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) also joined the roundtable discussion.

  • WASHINGTON—Dr. Timothy Benally, Assistant Superintendent of Schools of the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education (DODE), requested the completion of construction and funding priorities for the infrastructure backlog of school construction on the Bureau of Indian Education’s (BIE) Replacement School Construction List before a roundtable last week hosted by the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA).

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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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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."