Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Who are the leaders of the Navajo Nation and how can I contact them?

A: For years of 2011 - 2014:

Executive Branch

President Ben Shelly & Vice President Rex Lee Jim

Office of the President & Vice President
Post Office Box 7440
Window Rock, AZ 86515

Tel 928.871.7000 Fax 928.871.4025

Legislative Branch
Hon. Johnny Naize, Speaker of the 22nd Navajo Nation Council

P.O. Box 3390
200 Parkway Administration Building 1
Window Rock, AZ 86515

Tel 928.871.7160 Fax 928.871.7255

Judicial Branch
Hon. Herb Yazzie, Chief Justice

Office of the Chief Justice
P.O. Box 520
Window Rock, AZ 86515

Tel 928.871.7669

Q: What is the function of the Navajo Nation Washington Office?

A: Our office exists as an extension of the Navajo Nation government in Washington DC, representing the Navajo Nation government's concerns to the United States Congress, Federal Agencies and the White House. The Navajo Nation Washington Office does not handle family and/or personal situations. Our office represents the Navajo Nation with federal government and congressional matters only.

Q: Can I visit the Navajo Nation Washington Office?

A: We welcome visitors to our office. Please call in advance 202.682.7390 or email info@nnwo.org to schedule a time and date of your visit.

Q: Does Navajo Nation Washington Office sell art & crafts?

A: We do not sell arts & crafts.

Q: I would like to work for the Navajo Nation, where can I find a job vacancy listing for Navajo Nation jobs?

A: Please visit the Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Management website for current jobs and descriptions. All resumes and applications must be submitted to the Department of Personnel no later than 5pm on the closing date. Applications are accepted by fax or email: apply@nndpm.navajo.org or you may mail to the address below.

Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Management
P.O. Box 7080
Window Rock, AZ 86515

Tel 928.871.6330 Fax 928.871.6976

Q: How can I become a member of the Navajo Nation?

A: A person MUST be at least 1/4 (one quarter) Navajo to be enrolled as a member of the Navajo Nation.

Office of Navajo Vital Records
P.O. Box 9000
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Tel 928.871.6386

Q: How do I trace my Indian ancestry?

A: To conduct a trace, you must have the following information:

1. Names of ancestors
2. Dates of birth
3. Marriages and death
4. Place they lived
5. Their brothers/sisters
6. Tribal affiliation

The next step is to determine whether your ancestors are on an official tribal roll or census. For this they’re several sources:

The National Archives and Records Administration
Natural Resources Branch
Civil Archives Division
8th and Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20408

BIA, Branch of Tribal Enrollment
1849 C St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20240

Contact the tribe to see if they have records of your ancestors. The key in determining Indian ancestry is identification of a specific tribal affiliation. Becoming a member of a tribe is determined by the enrollment criteria of the tribe from which Indian blood may be derived, and this varies with each tribe. The BIA does not makes this determination, the tribe does.

Q: Where can I obtain information on Navajo Nation scholarship and financial assistance for college/university?

A: To be eligible for a Navajo Nation scholarship, applicant must provide proof of Navajo enrollment. Visit the Navajo Scholarship & Financial Assistance website.

The Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance Programs
P.O. Box 1870
Window Rock, AZ 86515

Tel: 1-800-243-2956