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The Diné (Navajos) inhabit a vast land of beauty and grace. It is a sprawling territory, bounded by sacred mountains and great rivers. The Navajo Reservation, first delineated in the 1868 treaty, has nearly quadrupled in size since then through some twenty-five additions. Today, the Diné land base is some 25,000 square miles (sixteen million acres roughly), encompassing a large portion of northeastern Arizona, a part of northwester New Mexico, and some 1,900 square miles in southeastern Utah. This tremendous stretch of land, the largest Indian reservation in the county, is slightly larger than the state of West Virginia.
Navajo Tribal Government is the subject of this manual. Government institutions and processes may come into power overnight, but to understand them completely an historical review must be done. Therefore, a good part of this study is devoted to examining historical development that shaped Navajo government into its present form.
Navajo Community College Press
Native Americans, Diné tribal government, law, Navajo government
Jepson School of Leadership Studies
Indian and Aboriginal Law | Leadership Studies
Wilkins, David E. Diné Bibeehaz'aanii: A Handbook of Navajo Government. Tsaile, Arizona: Navajo Community College Press, 1987.