• WASHINGTON—On Jan. 28, Navajo student and former resident of the Bureau of Indian Education's Kinłání Dormitory, Wyatt Whitegoat, provided opening remarks and introduced First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2nd Annual School Counselors of the Year ceremony at the White House. Whitegoat is Tódik'ǫzhi (Salt Water Clan) and born for Honágháahnii (One Who walks Around Clan) and is from Pine Springs, Ariz. Whitegoat is a Gates Millenium Scholar at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

  • WASHINGTON—The Navajo Nation Washington Office is pleased to announce it will host the 2nd Annual DC Késhjéé (Navajo Shoe Game) in partnership with the Diné Bizaad Wááshindoon group on Feb. 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Eastern Time. This wintertime Navajo game plays a significant role in Navajo history and culture. Two teams will compete in this traditional activity to win 102 yucca leaves by guessing which shoe contains a hidden ball, buried in sand. Na’atło’ (String Games), another Navajo wintertime activity for all, will also be ongoing throughout the evening.

  • WASHINGTON—Diné College is featured in a USDA blog by Arthur "Butch" Blazer, USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, who visited the college to discuss an important new collaboration, the College/Underserved Community Partnership Program with tribal leaders, college administrators and community members. Read more here.

  • At a signing ceremony held this week at the U.S. Department of the Interior, President Russell Begaye extended his congratulations to 16 tribal and Alaska Native representatives who are members of the Native American Policy Team and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials for their tireless work over the last two years to create the revised measure. The policy will guide the Service in government-to-government relations between tribal nations and the agency.

  • WASHINGTON—Speaking before tribal leaders and administration officials about strengthening tribal-federal relations at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye called on President Obama and Congress to improve upon Obama's executive order establishing the White House Council on Native American Affairs so that tribal leaders are included in its important work.

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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 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.

 

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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

01/29/2016 - 3:12pm

The Senate reconvenes at 3 p.m., Feb. 1 and will resume work on the wide-ranging energy policy bill (S 2012). The House canceled legislative action for the week due to the Winter Blizzard Jonas and scheduled votes next votes for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1. 

01/11/2016 - 12:20pm

The Senate is back in session and will join their House colleagues for President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address tomorrow night. Senators start the year with an effort to audit the Federal Reserve, while House lawmakers will tackle bills on Iran terrorism financing and sanctions enforcement for North Korea. House and Senate Republicans head to Baltimore Wednesday for their 2016 issues retreat, according to the Congressional Quarterly.