• The Navajo Nation is made up of strong and resilient people. Our community has overcome great challenges to ensure that we are able to live on our homeland and continue our Navajo traditions. Now, our nation is faced with an impending economic disaster after the owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), a power plant on Navajo land, have threatened to shut down the facility by 2019. The Navajo Generating Station is the largest coal power plant in the Western United States, and is a critical economic engine for both our reservation and the state of Arizona.

  • The new leader of the Department of the Interior is working to improve tribal consultation policies, acknowledging past mistakes in the federal government's dealings with sovereign Indian nations. In his first appearance on Capitol Hill, Secretary Ryan Zinke repeated what has become his defining phrase when it comes to tribal matters. “Sovereignty should mean something,” the new Cabinet official told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday. Photo by Indianz.Com

  • WASHINGTON—Speaking before the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services headquarters, President Russell Begaye urged HHS Secretary Tom Price to examine the quality of care and services provided by the Indian Health Service. This was Secretary Price’s first STAC meeting with tribal leaders since being confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 10. Secretary Price explained that his priorities for HHS are “patients, people, and partnerships.”

  • On March 3, United Nations Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz reached the last stop on her 10-day Indigenous human rights mission to the United States. Tauli- Corpuz, as a independent expert of the UN Human Rights Council, monitors, reports, and advises on the present conditions of human rights in Indigenous communities around the world. On this specific mission, Tauli-Corpuz traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico; Window Rock, Arizona; Boulder, Colorado; Washington, D.C; and Bismarck, North Dakota.

  • WASHINGTON – Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez issued the following statements praising the confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as Interior Secretary.
    “During his time in Congress, Ryan Zinke served as a trusted ally of tribal governments and helped advance critical tribal legislative priorities. He demonstrated a deep respect for our sovereignty and fought to ensure that tribal cultures were respected and honored,” said President Begaye.

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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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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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11/18/2016 - 2:15pm

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.