• WASHINGTON—Speaking before a discussion panel on healthcare at the National Indian Health Board's National Tribal Health Conference in Bellevue, Washington, Vice President Nez underscored the need to fund the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). "The SDPI program has been highly successful in reducing the occurrence and impact of type II diabetes in Indian Country. Renal disease among American Indians and Alaska Natives have gone down by 54 percent," said Vice President Nez. The vice president said this is the steepest decline among any other ethnic group.

  • President Russell Begaye on Oct. 4 attended the Royalty Policy Committee’s first meeting at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. Begaye and Bidtah Becker, executive director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources, in September were named to serve on the Interior committee, which was re-chartered in late March after an eight-year hiatus.

  • Window Rock, Ariz. - President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez mourn the loss of Navajo Code Talker David Patterson, Sr. who passed away on Sunday, Oct. 8 from pneumonia and complications from a subdural hematoma. “It’s a sad day on the Navajo Nation when we lose a national treasure like we did in losing Navajo Nation Code Talker David Patterson, Sr.,” President Begaye said. “Beyond his service in protecting our freedom, he was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. The Office of the President and Vice President extends our condolences to his family during this time of mourning.”

  • WASHINGTON—Congress passed a continuing resolution today that will extend funding to federal agencies and suspends the debt ceiling through Dec. 8, 2017, and provides $15.25 billion for hurricane relief aid. President Trump is expected to sign the spending measure into law.

  • WASHINGTON—Delegate Kee Allen Begay Jr. visited Washington D.C. this week to receive updates from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs Justice Services and the Office of Tribal Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice. Delegate Begay is a member of the Law and Order Committee as well as the chairman of the Public Safety Justice Work Group for the Tribal Interior Budget Council.

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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.

 

About Navajo

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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.

 

 

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From the Blog

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."

05/25/2017 - 9:45am

Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Michael S. Black, invites Tribal leaders to attend one of the listed listening sessions to provide input on improving "efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability" at the Department of the Interior.