Navajo Nation Washington Office

Navajo Nation Washington Office Official page of the Navajo Nation Washington Office 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.
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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 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. It also assists the Navajo Nation in developing legislative language and testimony. The NNWO is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, 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 in Washington, D.C.

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NNWO News from the Nation's Capitol
10/30/2020
NNWO News from the Nation's Capitol

NNWO News from the Nation's Capitol

You don't want to miss this. October 30, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly Yá'át'ééh! All eyes are on the November 3 election, but decisions are made every day in Washington, DC that impact the Navajo Nation. We

COVID-19 Updates You Need to Know
10/23/2020
COVID-19 Updates You Need to Know

COVID-19 Updates You Need to Know

You don't want to miss this. October 23, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly Yá'át'ééh! If you are wondering what is going on with COVID-19 policymaking in Washington DC we have important updates for you. We also

Hearings, Holdings and More: News, Grants, & Notices
10/19/2020
Hearings, Holdings and More: News, Grants, & Notices

Hearings, Holdings and More: News, Grants, & Notices

You don't want to miss this. Friday, October 16, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly Yá'át'ééh! The U.S. Supreme Court largely dominated the news in Washington, DC and beyond. Our video below provides insights abo

Timeline Photos
10/15/2020

Timeline Photos

The latest news for you
10/11/2020
The latest news for you

The latest news for you

You don't want to miss this. October 9, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly Yá’át’ééh! Members of Congress have scattered from DC like autumn leaves bouncing on the wind. This change of season is a great opportuni

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10/11/2020
The latest news for you

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You don't want to miss this. October 9, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly Yá’át’ééh! Members of Congress have scattered from DC like autumn leaves bouncing on the wind. This change of season is a great opportuni

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10/03/2020
NNWO Newsletter Relaunches!

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You don't want to miss this. Friday October 2, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly Yá'át'ééh! After ten years of dedicated service, the Weekly is being remodeled. We hope you enjoy our new look and benefit from th

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10/03/2020
NNWO Newsletter Relaunches!

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You don't want to miss this. Friday October 2, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly Yá'át'ééh! After ten years of dedicated service, the Weekly is being remodeled. We hope you enjoy our new look and benefit from th

NNWO Newsletter Relaunches!
10/03/2020
NNWO Newsletter Relaunches!

NNWO Newsletter Relaunches!

You don't want to miss this. Friday October 2, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly Yá'át'ééh! After ten years of dedicated service, the Weekly is being remodeled. We hope you enjoy our new look and benefit from th

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10/02/2020

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09/26/2020
September 25, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly

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Request for comment about information collection procedures for State, Tribal, and Local Government Historic Preservation Programs

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer
09/20/2020

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer

Navajo Nation to participate in Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial on patient-volunteer basis

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer recently received a report from the Navajo Department of Health, indicating that the Navajo Nation Human Research Review Board approved the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Study, led by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, to be conducted at several health care centers on the Navajo Nation on a patient-volunteer basis.

“Several COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials are making progress across the U.S. and it’s important that the Navajo people have an opportunity to participate in a Phase 3 trial. The clinical trials will be done on a patient-volunteer basis, meaning that no one will be forced to participate unless they are fully willing to do so. We have many people whose family members are in hospitals fighting to recover from COVID-19 and they may want to participate in the vaccine trial. Please remember that the vaccine trials have been conducted on many people outside of our Nation already, so this is now the third phase of the trial. A vaccine is needed to end the pandemic,” said President Nez.

Currently, there are no licensed vaccines to prevent COVID-19, however, several are in development. The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Study will be the first COVID-19 vaccine study on the Navajo Nation and will be administered by the John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. Enrollment of participation will include individuals between the age of 18 to 85 years, who are healthy or have stable underlying health conditions. Enrollment will begin mid-September and participation is voluntary. Participants will receive two doses of approved vaccine and will have be monitored over a two years period. To be eligible to join the study, a person cannot have had a prior COVID-19 infection. This is because people who have recovered from COVID-19 will likely already have antibodies.

“If this study finds that the vaccine is effective against COVID-19, then American Indian and Alaska Native individuals and indigenous people around the world would benefit. We want to do everything we can to keep our elders and people healthy and to prevent another spike in COVID-19 cases. Without a safe vaccine, our numbers of cases will continue to fluctuate and we will continue to face substantial risk of infection,” said President Nez.

State and federal efforts to include tribal communities in decision making throughout the pandemic is a federal responsibility. The Nez-Lizer Administration has worked closely with health care experts across the country to learn more about vaccine trials. Recently, President Nez and Navajo Department of Health Executive Director Dr. Jill Jim spoke with officials with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases regarding vaccine trials. On Sept. 21, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. is scheduled to join President Nez and Vice President Lizer during a live online town hall to discuss the COVID-19 response efforts and trial vaccines.

“COVID-19 has disproportionately affected tribal communities. In the southwest, tribal members have experienced some of the highest rates of the COVID-19 disease in the country. Supporting national strategies to develop a vaccine addresses health equity to guide local decision making about vaccine selection and vaccine use,” said Navajo Department of Health Executive Director Dr. Jill Jim.

As the federal government seeks to deliver 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by January 2021, Operation Warp Speed comprised of several federal agencies are partnering to deliver a vaccine and other countermeasures safely and with efficacy. In response to distribution needs of the vaccine, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agreed with Pfizer to produce several million doses. Pfizer partnered with BioNTech to enroll more than 20,000 people around the U.S. with less than 0.5% American Indian and Alaska Native participants.

“With our participation in the vaccine trial, we can reduce disparities and increase representation to ensure the vaccine works safely among the Navajo population. We will directly contribute to vaccine use in tribal communities instead of being left in the dark,” said Vice President Lizer.

The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, is a trusted partner with expertise in clinical trials on the Navajo Nation for the past 30 years. Dr. Laura Hammitt with John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health stated, “We have overseen numerous phase 3 clinical trials with an experienced, dedicated staff who have specialized training in research ethics, Good Clinical Practice, HIPAA compliance, specimen collection, and who are able to conduct high quality studies that meet strict FDA requirements. We are honored to have to opportunity to contribute to combating COVID-19 with the Navajo Nation.”

People interested in participating in the study through the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health can contact the Site Manager at the following locations:

Chinle, Arizona
Phone Number: (928) 674-5051

Shiprock, New Mexico
Phone Number: (505) 368-4030

Gallup, New Mexico
Phone Number: (505) 722-6372
Email Address: [email protected]

For more information, including helpful prevention tips, and resources to help stop the spread of

COVID-19, visit the Navajo Department of Health's COVID-19 website: https://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. For COVID-19 related questions and information, call (928) 871-7014.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, “Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that ...
09/19/2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, “Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

The passing of this true American patriot, who fought to achieve for all of us- especially the unheard and overlooked- the ideals promised by the Constitution, is a great loss.

RIP RBG!

Check out this week's Wáshindoon Weekly and learn more about Dr. Fauci's visit to the Navajo Nation's Virtual Town Hall ...
09/18/2020
September 18, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly

Check out this week's Wáshindoon Weekly and learn more about Dr. Fauci's visit to the Navajo Nation's Virtual Town Hall Meeting this Monday 9/21/2020!

Virtual Meeting for the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children to meet the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) for Indian children with disabilities.

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09/12/2020
Wáshindoon Weekly September 11, 2020

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National Science Foundation Tribal Colleges and Universities Program, Science and Technology and other Research and Development Grant

August 28, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly
08/28/2020
August 28, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly

August 28, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly

Education Dept. Waivers & Extensions Re: American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Training and Technical Assistance Center

Navajo Nation Washington Office's cover photo
08/26/2020

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08/21/2020
August 21, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly

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Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Tribal Financial Management Center (TFMC) Needs Assessment and Evaluation OMB Package.

NNWO Brief About USPS
08/21/2020

NNWO Brief About USPS

Finally!
08/20/2020
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Finally!

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Please Mr. Postman, look and see, what NNWO staff prepared for you and me.
08/19/2020

Please Mr. Postman, look and see, what NNWO staff prepared for you and me.

Navajo Nation Washington Office's cover photo
08/19/2020

Navajo Nation Washington Office's cover photo

NNWO is preparing a brief about the U.S. Post Office crisis and its impact on the Navajo Nation. We will deliver it to y...
08/17/2020

NNWO is preparing a brief about the U.S. Post Office crisis and its impact on the Navajo Nation. We will deliver it to you here, at this site, in just a few days. Please check back!

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08/17/2020

Navajo Nation Washington Office's cover photo

Please check out this special edition of the Wáshindoon Weekly that celebrates the legacy of the Navajo Code Talkers.
08/14/2020
August 14, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly

Please check out this special edition of the Wáshindoon Weekly that celebrates the legacy of the Navajo Code Talkers.

August 14, 2020 is Navajo Code Talkers Day. In honor of our Diné heroes who used Navajo messaging to help save the free world, we are launching  a new series about the next generation of Diné warriors who are using their own brand of messaging in the Wáshindoon DC area to help save Indian Count...

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08/12/2020

Navajo Nation Washington Office's cover photo

Timeline Photos
08/12/2020

Timeline Photos

Thank you to all of the health care and emergency response workers and volunteers who are helping the Navajo Nation flat...
08/10/2020

Thank you to all of the health care and emergency response workers and volunteers who are helping the Navajo Nation flatten the curve and Diné families persevere.

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08/07/2020
August 7, 2020 Wáshindoon Weekly

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Tribal leaders and Tribal health directors are invited to a virtual Tribal consultation hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) focusing on care coordination for veterans receiving care under VA's Indian Health Service/Tribal Health Program (IHS/THP) Reimbursement Agreement Program (RAP).

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750 1st St NE, Ste 940
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We welcome you to visit our offices located at 750 First St., NE Suite 1010, Washington DC 20002. We are conveniently located two blocks from Union Station Metro Stop on the Red Line.

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Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00

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(202) 682-7390

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