Navajo Government

Navajo Government By Bill Donovan and George Joe Back in 1989, the Navajo Nation Council decided to switch from a chairmanship — where the Chairman runs all aspects of the government — to a three branch government modeled after the U.S. federal and state...

Navajo Nation Council

Navajo Nation Council By Bill Donovan Tourists who get a chance to see the Navajo Nation Council usually are excited about seeing the tribal government in action. The council sessions are open to the public, both Navajo and non-Navajo, and are held in the second weeks...

Engaging with Navajos

Engaging with Navajos By Bill Donovan and George Joe If you visit the reservation in the spring, summer or early fall and want to meet Navajos, go to a rodeo. There are usually two or three rodeos each weekend somewhere on the reservation, and most have vendors that...

Panhandlers and Stereotypes

Panhandlers and Stereotypes By Bill Donovan and George Joe If you plan to spend any time on the reservation, you are bound to be approached by someone asking for money, especially in many of the communities with large population. Be aware that most of these requests...

Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman By Valarie Tom and Ron Goulet Tony Hillerman, the bestselling author who wrote 18 mysteries featuring Navajo police officers, died in 2008 but his legacy is still seen on the Navajo Reservation. High school librarians on the reservation say his Navajo...

Navajo Nation in the Movies

Navajo Nation in the Movies By Ron Goulet The movie industry has shown its benefits by what it can use and share through its Navajo movie filming sessions. Within this structure, the Navajos have filmed with the hope that this will attract more movie creations to the...