• WASHINGTON—President Russell Begaye met with and briefed the new Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney at the U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday. The president congratulated Sweeney on her new post at Interior. “The Navajo Nation looks forward to working with Assistant Secretary Sweeney on important issues facing the Navajo Nation,” President Begaye said.

  • WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4824, the Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act of 2018, with amendments, sponsored by Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah). The bill allows certain State and tribal permitting authority to encourage expansion of broadband service to rural and tribal communities, and for other purposes.

  • The GAO report was requested by the House Committee on the Judiciary and Congressman Steve Pearce in order to examine agency actions in assisting tribes in recovering cultural items and examining the laws surrounding the export, theft, and trafficking of cultural items. Ultimately, GAO recommended that the government agencies could do more in assisting Indian tribes to repatriate items from overseas auctions, including amending existing laws.

  • The Navajo Nation Washington Office sends its deepest and heartfelt condolences to Cindy McCain and family on the passing of their beloved Senator John McCain. Senator McCain was a war hero, a warrior, a family man, and a man who was the embodiment of principle, duty, honor, and country. We thank you for your service, Senator McCain.

  • WINDOW ROCK—President Russell Begaye extends his condolences to the family of U.S. Sen. John McCain, the Republican lawmaker from Arizona who died Saturday at age 81.McCain served Arizona—and much of the Navajo Nation—in the Senate for six terms (since 1987), including two stints as chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. He also served Arizona’s 1st congressional district as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for one term, from 1983 to 1987.

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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 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.


About Navajo

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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

08/24/2018 - 1:38am

WASHINGTON—House lawmakers will return from their month-long August recess on September 4. August is a time for lawmakers to campaign, listen to constituents and get ready for the mid-term elections in November.

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.