Land Reform in the Navajo Nation

Author: Diné Policy Institute

Date: February 2018

This is one of a series of forthcoming reports by Diné Policy Institute that will focus on the question of land reform and renewal in the Navajo Nation. In this report, the focus is mainly on survey results from a longitudinal survey in the community of Shonto. This community was chosen in order to demonstrate the nature of social change in the Navajo Nation. Although most of the data is from Shonto, it is supplemented with subsequent focus groups in Tonalea, Kayenta, and Tsaile. The report also looked at the work of the Little Colorado River Watershed Chapter Association to identify new innovative approaches toward grassroots organizing and governance. Theirs is an approach to distribute resources and organizing along natural boundaries like watersheds, instead of artificial BIA divisions of space.