• Today, Vice President Myron Lizer, along with our families, and I stand here because of all of you out there ... all of our Navajo people. You believed in us, you believed in our message, and you believed it was time for change! From the very start of the Nez-Lizer campaign, three words defined everything that our team did along the way, every step we took, and every word that we spoke. Those words are unity, hope, and resilience …. From day one, our campaign was about the Navajo people – not any one segment or any particular group of people with special interests, but all of our Navajo people united.

  • WINDOW ROCK—As one of the longest federal government shutdowns in history continues with no end in sight, President Russell Begaye urges President Donald Trump to end the shutdown and fund tribal services. “President Trump, it is time to end this unnecessary government shutdown,” President Begaye said. “We are thousands of miles from Washington, yet the shutdown harms the most vulnerable in our communities."

  • WASHINGTON—The 116th Congress gaveled in today at noon. On this first day of business, the members are sworn in and a number of measures are adopted including the adoption of rules, the election of the speaker and other leaders. The number of elected Native Americans to Congress has increased by two with the swearing in of Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, who represents New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District and Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk, who represents Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District.

  • WINDOW ROCK—As Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke resigned from his position on Saturday, Dec. 15, amid multiple ethics investigations, President Russell Begaye called upon the Trump Administration for a timely replacement. “Indian Country needs a secretary of the Interior who is knowledgeable of issues that face Native American tribes and who has substantial knowledge of federal Indian policy,” President Begaye said. “With so many threats to Native American sovereignty and federal cuts to programs our people depend on, we need a secretary who will truly advocate for our people.”

  • WASHINGTON—During a meeting of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee on Tuesday, President Russell Begaye pushed for consistent and reliable funding for essential programs benefiting Native Americans. Last year’s federal budget proposal cut the Community Health Representatives and Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country programs. Although funding was later restored, the proposed cuts shed light on a budgeting process that doesn’t prioritize health and welfare in Indian Country.

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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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Who We Are

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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Who We Are

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.