Who We Are
Learn more about the Navajo Nation
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.
We welcome you to visit our offices.
What We Do
Learn more about what we do and how you can get involved.
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.
Learn more about the Navajo Nation
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
Lawmakers have decided to put off government funding decisions until March 2017. That gives Republicans time to coordinate with President-elect Donald Trump, but it also means they have to devise another stopgap deal before Dec. 9. Lawmakers are in recess for Thanksgiving.
WASHINGTON—The House and Senate will reconvene next week after a weeklong recess. The Senate will reconvene for regular business Monday, June 6 and the House will reconvene Tuesday, June 7. Follow this link for the 2016 Congressional calendar.