• WASHINGTON—The Senate did not pass an agreement on resolution (H.J. Res. 125) previously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives that would have funded the government through February 16, 2018. As a result, the federal government started its shutdown at midnight Friday, January 19, 2018. The Senate may continue to convene and come to a resolution over the weekend.

  • WASHINGTON—In the face of drastic budget cuts to the Special Diabetes Programs for Indians, Navajo President Russell Begaye on Wednesday called on Congress and federal agencies to prioritize Indian health and allocate funding for essential programs. President Begaye told top federal administrators that the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) is essential on the Navajo Nation, where one in three people is diabetic or pre-diabetic. His remarks, delivered at a meeting of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee, came the same day the House Rules Committee considered a short-term funding bill designed to avert a government shutdown Friday.

  • WASHINGTON—Navajo Agriculture Products Industry (NAPI) official Lionel Haskie testified today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing on agribusiness opportunities in Indian Country. “NAPI is proud to be a leader in American agribusiness. NAPI farms more than 72,000 acres of crops annually, with the potential to develop an additional 35,000 acres," Haskie said. "Utmost in our vision is to continue to hire and train more of our people in agribusiness for future growth. NAPI has the talent, vision, and capacity to continue our growth in new and exciting opportunities domestically and internationally," Haskie said.

  • WASHINGTON—Today, the House passed H.R. 986, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017. The bill provides clarity that Indian tribes and their tribal enterprises have parity with state and local governments with respect to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). On March 29, 2017, Navajo Nation Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown (Chilchinbeto, Dennehotso, Kayenta) testified before Congress in support of the bill. On January 21, 2016, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council passed its own resolution in support of the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act.

  • WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee will hold a legislative hearing receive on the Utah Republican-led Bears Ears bill on January 9 at 10 am. The bill, H.R. 4532 would create a new management council appointed by the president of the United States, and not by the tribes.

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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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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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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.