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Navajo Nation Council

In 1922, oil was discovered on the Navajo Reservation. Standard Oil of California wanted access to the oil, but the U.S. government, as trustee, could not legally lease the Navajo land, without tribal consent, and there was not tribal entity that could legally sign. The Navajo Tribe had no governing body, and leadership was decentralized among many different local headmen. The U.S. government called a meeting of influential headmen to the San Juan Agency on May 1922 to lease the land, yet the headmen rejected all leasing applications. Therefore, the Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall of New Mexico, invented a series of legal fictions to facilitate oil leasing. He created a Navajo "Business Council" of 3 Council members to sign and approve the oil leases on the Navajo Reservation. This was the beginning of the Navajo Tribal Council.

In 1923, the Navajo Tribal Council was legally formed. The U.S. government made an effort to organize a more representative Navajo Tribal Council for purposes of mineral leasing. B.I.A. superintendents supervised the election of delegates from a larger geographical area on the Navajo Reservation to sit in what would be called the Navajo Tribal Council. The new council authorized the interior official (Hagerman) to negotiate all future oil and gas leases. The question of Indian rights to revenues from oil and gas leases raised issues of Indian title to the land itself, and formed the basis of a new round of land struggles.

In the 1930s, the Navajo Tribal Council was organized with a membership of 12 delegates and 12 alternates. This body was also organized under rules written and authorized by the Secretary of Interior. These rules became the first governing laws of the Navajo Tribe.

The present laws of the Navajo Nation are contained in the Navajo Tribal Code book containing more the 24 sections.

On December 15, 1989, the Navajo Nation Council amended the Navajo Tribal Code to begin to gradually take back essential powers of self-government.

Today, the Navajo Nation has the country's largest tribal government body. It is governed by 88 tribal council members, elected every four years by popular vote by the Navajo people on and off the reservation.

Below, is a list of Navajo Nation Council delegates for the years 1999 - 2003.

Name E-mail Chapter Agency Committee
Christine
APACHE
cd_capache@dine.navajo.org Alamo Eastern Navajo Education
George
ARTHUR
cd_garthur@dine.navajo.org Nenanezad
San Juan
Shiprock Intergovtl Relatn
Resources
Andy R.
AYZE
cd_aayze@dine.navajo.org Chinle
Nazlini
Chinle Education
Edward T.
BEGAY
speaker@dine.navajo.org Breadsprings
Churchrock
Eastern Navajo Intergovtl Relatn
J. C.
BEGAY
cd_jcbegay@dine.navajo.org Red Valley
Cove
Shiprock Judiciary
Jones
BEGAY
cd_jbegay@dine.navajo.org Forest Lake
Black Mesa
Chinle Resources
Kenneth L.
BEGAY
cd_kbegay@dine.navajo.org Klagetoh
Wide Ruins
Cornfields
Ft Defiance Intergovtl Relatn
Judiciary
Lee C.
BEGAY Sr.
cd_lbegay@dine.navajo.org Sweetwater Shiprock Judiciary
Omar
BEGAY Jr.
cd_obegay@dine.navajo.org Greasewood Springs Ft Defiance Human Services
Richard
BEGAY Jr.
cd_rbegay@dine.navajo.org Two Grey Hills Shiprock Budget & Finance
Trans & Com Dev
Sampson
BEGAY
cd_sbegay@dine.navajo.org Low Mountain
Jeddito
Ft Defiance Trans & Com Dev
Welsey L.
BEGAY
cd_wbegay@dine.navajo.org Lukachukai
Tsaile
Round Rock
Chinle Human Services
Richard T.
BEGAYE
cd_rbegaye@dine.navajo.org Shiprock Shiprock  
Ralph
BENNETT Jr.
cd_rbennett@dine.navajo.org Red Lake
Sawmill
Ft Defiance Economic Dev
James
BILAGODY
cd_jbilagody@dine.navajo.org Tuba City
Coalmine Mesa
Western Navajo Intergovtl Relatn
Education
Samuel
BILLISON
cd_sbillison@dine.navajo.org Kinlichee Ft Defiance Education
Charlie C.
BILLY
cd_cbilly@dine.navajo.org Chilchinbeto
Kayenta
Western Navajo Govnmt Serv
Carol W.
BITSOI
cd_cbitsoi@dine.navajo.org Naschitti Ft Defiance Human Services
Jerry
BODIE
cd_jbodie@dine.navajo.org Sanostee Shiprock Human Services
Wallace
CHARLEY
cd_wcharley@dine.navajo.org Shiprock Shiprock Education
Harry H.
CLARK
cd_hclark@dine.navajo.org Chinle
Nazlini
Chinle Public Safety
Thomas L.
CODY
cd_tcody@dine.navajo.org Leupp Western Navajo Health & Soc Serv
Bennie
COHOE
cd_bcohoe@dine.navajo.org Ramah Eastern Navajo Budget & Finance
Jack
COLORADO
cd_jcolorado@dine.navajo.org Cameron Western Navajo Resources
Herman
DANIELS
cd_hdaniels@dine.navajo.org Oljato Western Navajo Resources
Wallace D.
DAVIS
cd_wdavis@dine.navajo.org Burnham
Fruitland
Shiprock Ethics & Rules
Joe
DAYZIE
cd_jdayzie@dine.navajo.org Tonalea Western Navajo Ethics & Rules
Percy
DEAL
  Hardrock Chinle  
Joe
DENNISON Jr.
cd_jdennison@dine.navajo.org Nageezi Eastern Navajo Judiciary
Annie B.
DESCHENY
cd_adescheny@dine.navajo.org Breadsprings
Churchrock
Eastern Navajo Health & Soc Serv
Jerry
FREDDIE
cd_jfreddie@dine.navajo.org Dilcon Ft Defiance Intergovtl Relatn
Health & Soc Serv
Leo T.
GISHEY
cd_lgishey@dine.navajo.org Teesto Ft Defiance Judiciary
Tim
GOODLUCK
cd_tgoodluck@dine.navajo.org Lupton
Oaksprings
Ft Defiance Economic Dev
Nelson
GORMAN Jr.
cd_ngorman@dine.navajo.org Chinle
Nazlini
Chinle Judiciary
Willie
GREYEYES
cd_wgrayeyes@dine.navajo.org Inscription House
Navajo Mountain
Western Navajo Judiciary
Tully
HASWOOD
cd_thaswood@dine.navajo.org Manuelito
Rock Springs
Tsayato
Eastern Navajo Human Services
Orlanda Smith
HODGE
cd_ohodge@dine.navajo.org Cornfield
Klagetoh
Wide Ruins
Ft Defiance Govnmt Serv
Freddie
HOWARD
cd_fhoward@dine.navajo.org Birdsprings
Tolani Lake
Western Navajo Public Safety
Harry
HUBBARD
cd_hhubbard@dine.navajo.org Becenti
Standing Rock
White Rock
Eastern Navajo Health & Soc Serv
Ernest
HUBBELL
cd_ehubbell@dine.navajo.org Houck
Nahatadziil
Ft Defiance Budget & Finance
Henry B.
HUDSON
cd_hhudson@dine.navajo.org Manuelto
Rock Springs
Tsayatoh
Eastern Navajo Resources
Lee
JACK Sr.
cd_jlee@dine.navajo.org Indian Wells
Whitecone
Ft Defiance Ethics & Rules
Emerson
JACKSON Sr.
cd_ejackson@dine.navajo.org Teecnospos Shiprock Education
Harry
JACKSON
cd_hjackson@dine.navajo.org Pueblo Pintado
Torreon
Eastern Navajo Education
Lula A.
JACKSON
cd_ljackson@dine.navajo.org Shiprock Shiprock Health & Soc Serv
Edward V.
JIM Sr.
cd_ejim@dine.navajo.org Sheepsprings
Newcomb
Shiprock Intergovtl Relatn
Public Safety
David L.
JOHN
cd_djohn@dine.navajo.org Mexican Water
Aneth
Red Mesa
Shiprock Intergovtl Relatn
Economic Dev
Norman
JOHN II
cd_njohn@dine.navajo.org Twin Lakes Ft Defiance Resources
Lee F.
JOHNSON
cd_ljohnson@dine.navajo.org Kaibeto Western Navajo Govnmt Serv
Raymond
JONES
cd_rjones@dine.navajo.org Rock Point Shiprock Budget & Finance
Ervin M.
KEESWOOD
cd_ekeeswood@dine.navajo.org Hogback Shiprock Intergovtl Relatn
Govnmt Serv
Calvin
KIRK
cd_ckirk@dine.navajo.org Ganado Ft Defiance Education
Wilford
LANE
cd_wlane@dine.navajo.org Coppermine
Lechee
Western Navajo Economic Dev
Tom
LAPAHE
cd_tlapahe@dine.navajo.org Tachee BlueGap
Whippoorwill
Chinle Economic Dev
Joe M.
LEE
  Chichiltah Eastern Navajo  
Mark
MARYBOY
mmaryboy@dine.navajo.org Mexican Water
Aneth
Red Mesa
Shiprock Intergovtl Relatn
Trans & Com Dev
Raymong
MAXX
cd_rmax@dine.navajo.org Tuba City
Coalmine Mesa
Western Navajo Budget & Finance
Elmer L.
MILFORD
cd_emilford@dine.navajo.org Ft Defiance Ft Defiance Resources
Allen
MITCHELL
cd_amitchell@dine.navajo.org Dennehotso Western Navajo Human Services
Lawrence T.
MORGAN
cd_lmorgan@dine.navajo.org Iyanbito
Pinedale
Eastern Navajo Intergovtl Relatn
Trans & Com Dev
Johnny
NAIZE
cd_jnaize@dine.navajo.org Tselani
Cottonwood
Chinle Govnmt Serv
Ernest
NEZ Sr.
cd_enez@dine.navajo.org St. Michaels Ft Defiance Public Safety
Larry
NOBLE
cd_lnoble@dine.navajo.org Steamboat Ft Defiance Trans & Com Dev
Robert
ORTIZ
cd_rortiz@dine.navajo.org Red Rock Eastern Navajo Economic Dev
Daniel
PEACHES
cd_dpeaches@dine.navajo.org Chilchinbeto
Kayenta
Western Navajo Ethics & Rules
John
PERRY Jr.
cd_jperry@dine.navajo.org Nahodishgish
Crownpoint
Eastern Navajo Govnmt Serv
Lawrence R.
PLATERO
cd_lplatero@dine.navajo.org Canoncito Eastern Navajo Economic Dev
Harrison
PLUMMER
cd_hplummer@dine.navajo.org Coyote Canyon Ft Defiance Intergovtl Relatn
Human Services
Albert E.
ROSS
cd_aross@dine.navajo.org St. Michaels Ft Defiance Budget & Finance
Joe
SALT
cd_jsalt@dine.navajo.org Shonto Western Navajo Trans & Com Dev
Bennie
SHELLY
cd_bshelly@dine.navajo.org Thoreau Eastern Navajo Budget & Finance
Andrew
SIMPSON
cd_asimpson@dine.navajo.org Huerfano Eastern Navajo Trans & Com Dev
George H.
TOLTH
cd_gtolth@dine.navajo.org Baca
Prewitt
Casamero Lake
Eastern Navajo Intergovtl Relatn
Ethics & Rules
Young Jeff
TOM
cd_yjtom@dine.navajo.org Mariano Lake
Smith Lake
Eastern Navajo Human Services
Duane S.
TSINGINE
cd_dtsinigine@dine.navajo.org Bodaway Gap Western Navajo Ethics & Rules
Raymond
TSOSIE
cd_rtsosie@dine.navajo.org Whitehorse Lake
Lake Valley
Littlewater
Eastern Navajo Govnmt Serv
Peter
WATCHMAN
cd_pwatchman@dine.navajo.org Mexican Springs Ft Defiance Judiciary
Edison J.
WAUNEKA
cd_ewauneka@dine.navajo.org Crystal
Red Lake
Sawmill
Ft Defiance Public Safety
Harold
WAUNEKA
cd_hwauneka@dine.navajo.org Ft Defiance Ft Defiance Govnmt Serv
Robert Billie
WHITEHORSE
cd_robertw@dine.navajo.org Mexican Water
Aneth
Red Mesa
Shiprock Resources
Harry J.
WILLETO
cd_hwilleto@dine.navajo.org Ojo Encino
Counselor
Eastern Navajo Public Safety
Harry
WILLIAMS Sr.
cd_hwilliams@dine.navajo.org Tuba City
Coalmine Mesa
Western Navajo Public Safety
Wilfred S.
YABENEY
cd_wyabeney@dine.navajo.org Beclahbito
Cudeii
Shiprock Economic Dev
Alfred L.
YAZZIE
cd_ayazzie@dine.navajo.org Many Farms
Rough Rock
Chinle Trans & Com Dev
Bill
YAZZIE
cd_byazzie@dine.navajo.org Pinon Chinle Health & Soc Serv
Dylmer O.
YAZZIE
cd_dyazzie@dine.navajo.org Many Farms
Rough Rock
Chinle Health & Soc Serv
Peterson B.
YAZZIE
cd_pyazzie@dine.navajo.org Tohatchi Ft Defiance Health & Soc Serv
Samuel
YAZZIE
  Lukachukai
Tsaile
Round Rock
Chinle  

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