• WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed an amendment for the improvement of tribal road conditions for school bus routes. The bill is a bipartisan effort lead by Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). Tribal roads are required by contract to be properly maintained by the federal government; however, only 20 percent of tribal roads are properly funded and maintained.

  • WASHINGTON—Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced S 3234, the Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2016. The bill has been formulated in response to input and consultation with tribal communities hoping to improve existing legislation. One of the principal aims of the bill is to make it easier for tribal entities to gain access to capital. The bill will amend the Native American Business Development, Trade Promotion, and Tourism Act of 2000; the Native American Programs Act of 1974; the Indian Trader Act; and the Buy Indian Act.

  • WASHINGTON—Lawmakers return to their districts and states for a seven-week summer recess. But what looms after the party conventions and Labor Day holiday is the challenge of keeping the federal government open for business when the current fiscal year ends Sept. 30. Lawmakers are already discussing plans for a stopgap measure, also known as a continuing resolution for fiscal 2017.

  • WASHINGTON—The Coalition of Large Tribes (COLT) will be holding its next quarterly meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. The meeting will take place at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. COLT is a partnership of federally recognized tribes whose land base is larger than 100,000 acres. Current COLT leadership is comprised of Crow Nation Chairman Darrin N. Old Coyote, chairman, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, vice chairman, and Shoshone-Bannock Tribe Council Member Marcus Coby, treasurer.

  • WASHINGTON—Navajo Nation leadership including President Russell Begaye, Speaker LoRenzo Bates and Council Delegate Jonathan Hale commended Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and tribal leaders for their efforts in composing the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act of 2016. Sen. Heinrich will introduce the STOP Act, which will prohibit the exportation of sacred tribal objects to international markets and increase sentencing for the theft or illegal trafficking of tribal cultural patrimony.

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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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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

06/03/2016 - 3:11pm

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. 

05/09/2016 - 12:58pm

The Tribal Interior Budge Council Meeting will take place May 10-12 at the Washington Plaza Hotel.