Native American Navajo

The Navajo people had a complex social network before the first European settlers arrived. After initial resettlement efforts failed the Navajo people were allowed to return to a portion of their ancestral lands.

The Navajo reservation is located in the three states of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. The reservation covers more than twenty-seven thousand miles and is the largest Native American reservation.

Navajo Central answers nearly two hundred of the most frequently asked questions about the Navajo people. Historic information such as the origins of the tribal name is provided as well as common questions about where they live and details about visiting the land of the Navajo.

The government of the Navajo Nation is extensive. There are a number of governmental branches including those that deal with education, economic development, public safety, health, and community development. The government also provides a brief history of the people, flag, and area.

The Navajo Nation Council is a legislative branch. They represent the largest Native American nation, with about a quarter of a million people. There are eighty-eight elected delegates that meet four times each year.

The history of the Navajo is fascinating. One of the most well known aspects of Navajo history is that which pertains to the Navajo code talkers. During World War II the Navajo code talkers were able to use their own language as a way to encrypt delicate military communiqués. Their encryption was never broken by the enemy.

The Navajo culture has continued to thrive centuries after it was threatened by the arrival of Europeans. The Navajo language is still spoken and the culture is thriving.

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