• 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.”

  • WINDOW ROCK—Today, the federal court ruled in favor of the Navajo Nation, ordering the federal Office of Head Start to allocate the original funding amount of $23 million dollars to Navajo Head Start. “We applaud the federal court for making sure the federal government provides proper notice, appeal and hearing rights are afforded before reducing any funding that impacts the cognitive development of our children,” President Begaye said. On Feb. 28, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the Navajo Nation’s preliminary injunction. However, today the federal court set aside the federal Office of Head Start reduction and required full funding of the Navajo Head Start program.

  • WASHINGTON—On March 23, President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the remaining fiscal 2018. Funding for Indian affairs received an increase despite the president’s budget calling for a budget cut. The following provides a summary of items of the omnibus bill as it relates to Indian programs.

  • WASHINGTON—On February 12, President Trump submitted his $4.4 trillion fiscal 2019 budget request to Congress. This budget did not take into account the higher caps on spending in a budget deal passed by Congress and signed by the president last week. President Trump will likely submit an addendum to his budget, which allocates this additional amount of spending. Last year, President Trump proposed significant cuts in his budget, however, Congress reinstated many of his proposed cuts. We expect the same this year since the budget resolution signed last week called for increases in the caps on spending.

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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."