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1 Navajo Nation Water Demands Water Resources Development Commission

2 Colorado River Basin

3 Navajo Nation

4 Navajo Nation Arizona, New Mexico and Utah

5 The Navajo Nation 110 Chapters

6 Navajo Nation The Navajo Nation comprises 298,197 members (2000 Census) and has 27,000 square miles (17,553,809 acres) of land consisting of four separate areas. The main land area is simply called the Navajo Nation. Another land area is located 15 miles west of Albuquerque (Tohajiilee), another is located south of Gallup near Zuni Pueblo (Ramah), and third area is located near Magdalena, New Mexico (Alamo). The Navajo Nation is located within three states and eleven counties: Arizona (Apache, Navajo and Coconino Counties) - 11,593, acres, 65.35% of Navajo Land New Mexico (San Juan, McKinley, Sandoval, Cibola, Bernalillo, Rio Arriba, Socorro Counties) - 4,739, acres, 27.55% of Navajo Land Utah (San Juan County) - 1,220, acres, 7.10% of Navajo Land

7 Navajo Nation The Navajo Nation is bigger than 10 states - West Virginia, Maryland, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island. The Navajo Nation is larger than 18 countries of the world such as: ALBANIA, 11,000 square miles -- BELGIUM, 11,781 square miles -- BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINIA, 19,940 square miles -- COSTA RICA, 19,575 square miles -- CROATIA, 22,050 square miles -- DENMARK, 16,629 square miles -- DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, 18,704 square miles -- ISRAEL, 7,847 square miles -- KUWAIT, 6,532 square miles -- LATVIA, 24,595 square miles -- LEBANON, 4,015 square miles -- LITHUANIA, 25,174 square miles -- MACEDONIA, 9,889 square miles --NETHERLANDS, 15,892 square miles -- RWANDA, 10,169 square miles -- SWITZERLAND, 15,943 square miles -- TAIWAN, 13,971 square miles.

8 Navajo Nation Within Navajo land, there are 2,000 square miles of mountains, 10,000 square miles of mesas, 15,000 square miles of deserts, 12 major lakes and more than 15 national monuments, tribal parks and historic sites.

9 Navajo Nation Navajo…… There are several things that are important. These are our livestock, our sheep, our land and our water. These hold the family together and make it strong.

10 Navajo Nation 1849 US TREATY WITH SOME OF THE NAVAJOS Sept 9, 1849, 9 Stat. 974, Ratified Sept 9, 1850, Proclaimed Sept. 24, 1850 "... we returned to the valley of the Chella [Canon de Chelly], which we found to be a wide rich valley... Their crop consists of wheat, Indian corn, beans, pumpkins and mellons. They have also fine peaches that grow abundantly and of a superior quality.“ — Henry L. Dodge, Indian Agent, Santa Fe Weekly Gazette, 1853

11 Navajo Nation th, 37 th, 38 th Congress; Abraham Lincoln is the 16 th President The long walk to Bosque Redondo - —Navajos are captive on New Mexico reservation. Navajo appears in congressional records

12 Navajo Nation th Congress, Andrew Johnson is the 17 th President of the United States. Appropriations of $21,000 to individuals held in captivity/slavery Captives at Fort Sumner received $0.11 each for rations Women and children who worked were paid. Appropriations went directly to Navajos. Treaty between the Navajos and the United States concluded June 1, 1868, ratified July 25, 1868, proclaimed August 12, st Congress, Ulysses S. Grant is the 18 th President Treaty begins appropriations for Navajo. 1 st appropriations: $40,000 for 8,000 $5.00 each …for seeds, implements, clothing, and other raw materials. Indian Affairs was created to manage tribes in fulfillment of treaties.

13 Navajo Nation 1920 US Congress - Indian Appropriation Bill Water – Navajo and Hopi Indians $30,000 Ganado Irrigation $3,000 Treaties with Navajos $100,000 Land for Navajos – New Mexico $102, US Congress - Indian Appropriation Bill Water – Navajo and Hopi Indians $40,000 Ganado Irrigation $3,500 Treaties with Navajos $100,000 Land for Navajos New Mexico $129,250

14 Water Development Strategy

15 Regional Water Projects

16 Arizona Water Budget for Navajo Notes: 1. Industrial includes NGS use of 34,100 AFA added to the HDR data. 2. Misc. use includes livestock, stock ponds, evaporation, wildlife, and recreational use Category DCM34,76748,25361,64776,85195,534118,759147,630183,520 Industrial62,92360,86460,94560,970 Agricultural36,54745,48852,66259,53567,43574,81677,40679,631 Miscellaneous7,0187,0917,5637,6368,5088,5819,381 TOTAL-AFA141,255161,696182,817204,992232,447263,126295,387333,502 Source: HDR Engineering Inc., Western-Navajo Hopi Water Supply Needs, Alternatives, and Impacts, Volume 2, Task 4.1, May 2003

17 Municipal Water Demand  : Population is based on a 2.48% annual growth rate.  : Population is based on a 2.20% annual growth rate.  GCPD is a ramped up to 160 GPCD. Source: HDR Engineering Inc., Western-Navajo Hopi Water Supply Needs, Alternatives, and Impacts, Volume 2, Task 4.1, May 2003: Table 8

18 Source: HDR Engineering Inc., Western-Navajo Hopi Water Supply Needs, Alternatives, and Impacts, Volume 2, Task 4.1, May 2003, Table 9 and Table D-2 Industrial, agricultural, and other water demands

19  US Drought Monitor Report Map for Arizona – July 8, 2010 Navajo Nation

20  Navajo Nation State of Emergency Declaration – June 29, 2010  The Navajo Nation Commission on Emergency Management Re-Affirms The Drought Declaration State of Emergency and Affirms the Continuation Of The Drought Declaration Until Such Time It Is Rescinded.  Signatures:  Chairman, Commission On Emergency Management  President, The Navajo Nation Navajo Nation

21  Water Hauling – Yesterday and Today Navajo Nation

22  Water is sacred to the Navajo people. Water is life. If we honor our spiritual responsibilities to Ni’hima Nahasdzaan (Mother Earth), there will be adequate blessings of water for survival. If not, there will be hardship. Navajo Nation

23 Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources Ray Benally, Director Department of Water Resources P.O. Box 678 Fort Defiance, AZ Phone:


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