This essay crafts a description and analysis of the political and institutional context, structures, and issues of the Navajo Nation's government. We begin with a demographic, institutional, and ideological assessment of the nation as its currently stands, move to a historical overview of the nation from precontact times to the 1989 riots and conclude with a short policy portfolio of three issues—land claims, gaming, and taxation—that will likely impact the shape and direction the nation will head into the twenty-first century.
Copyright © 2002 University of Minnesota Press. This article first appeared in Wicazo Sa Review 17:1 (April 2002), 91-129.
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Wilkins, David E. “Governance within the Navajo Nation: Have Democratic Traditions Taken Hold?” Wicazo Sa Review 17, no. 1 (April 2002), 91-129.