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The Navajo Indian Reservation is a federally-recognized reservation, located in northeastern Arizona. the reservation is located in Apache, Navajo, and Coconino Counties, Arizona  

Established -- June 1, 1868. Two treaties were signed on June 1, 1868. One in Kansas signed by Chippewa Indian leaders, while the other in New Mexico Territory. It is the June 1, 1868 Treaty signed by Chippewa leaders in Kansas, which is far more important. The real treaty which created the Navajo Reservation, is the June 1, 1868 Treaty signed by Chippewa leaders in Kansas. It was not ratified by the United States.
Agency (BIA) --
Principal tribes --Chippewa or Navajo Algonquin (Athabascan or Dene is an Algonquian Language)
Population -- Reservation population is 173,667 according to the 2010 census.



On June 1, 1868, two treaties were signed which created the Navajo Reservation. One was signed by Chippewa leaders in Kansas, while the other was signed in New Mexico Territory. The United States did not ratify the June 1, 1868 Treaty signed by Chippewa leaders in Kansas. Click this following link to read the June 1, 1868 Treaty signed by Chippewa leaders in Kansas. Click this following link to read the treaty signed in New Mexico.

Chippewas must not let themselves be fooled. One treaty was not ratified, while the other was ratified. It is no coincidence both treaties were signed on the same day and year. Chippewa Traditionalists must use the June 1, 1868 Treaty signed by Chippewa leaders of Kansas, as educational proof the Navajo Reservation is a Chippewa Reservation. Navajo People will not accept this information. Chippewa Traditionalists will save it for future generations. It is the 1838-1839 Chippewa Exodus to the west which led to the creation of the Navajo Reservation.

On January 29, 1868, the Chippewa leader who led the Chippewa Exodus from Michigan and Ohio to the Kansas region, in 1838-1839, chief Eshtonoquot, passed away. Chief Eshtonoquot was a traditionalist who did not want to leave the Kansas region. After his death, new Chippewa leaders commenced to negotiate with the Americans. They were far more willing to relocate to Indian Territory.

For some time, many of the Algonquin's had been leaving the Kansas region for the west and Oklahoma. After the June 1, 1868 Treaty, the relocation of the Kansas Chippewas to both the Navajo Reservation and Oklahoma, began to dramatically increase. They were more numerous than historians have written. The relocation went on up to the early 20th century. To learn more about the Chippewas of Kansas, click this following link To learn the Athabascan People or Dene People including the Apache, Chipewyan, and Navajo are Algonquin, click this following link

In 1921, Oil discovered on the reservation.


  •  1849  September 9,
  •  1868  June 1, removal, reservation                                                             

Land Additions

After the June 1, 1868 Treaty, more land was added on to the Navajo Reservation and in 1882 the Hopi Reservation was created. The land additions happened in several phases. They were in 1878, 1880, 1882 (for the Hopi who are traditionalists), 1884, 1886, 1900, 1901, 1905, 1907, 1913, 1918, 1930, and 1934. Many of the Chippewa's and other Indians from Oklahoma, were relocated to these land addition areas. However, most may have come from the Montana region which includes Idaho. Chief Rocky Boy led a Chippewa Exodus off the Blackfeet Reservation in 1913 which probably accounts for the 1913 land addition

After 1896, the land additions were primarily for the Chippewas from Montana and Idaho, especially from Montana. During the years between 1896 and 1918, the Chippewas of Montana honored treaty by living throughout the vast Reservation the United States promised them through treaty agreements. However, the United States never intended to honor those treaties. On several occasions, the Chippewas were forced to pack their belongings and leave their native lands in Montana and Idaho, to be relocated to the Navajo Reservation.

In 1907, the United States refused to honor the treaties they made with the Chippewas and other Indian Tribes of Oklahoma. Many of the Chippewas and other Indians of Oklahoma, were allowed to relocate to the Navajo Reservation commencing in 1907. Even in the 1930s, Montana had a large Chippewa population living throughout their promised Reservation. So the 1930 and 1934 land additions were probably for the several hundred Chippewas who were living in Montana.


 Enrollment Records:

Tribal enrollment for the Navajo Nation is handled through:
Navajo Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 9000
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Telephone: 928-871-6386 or 928-729-4020
Everyone enrolled as a member of the Navajo Nation since 1925 has been assigned a tribal census number. Those records are also maintained by this office.

Land records: Tribal land: 12,940 Allotted Land: 722,854 [1]

Web Sites


  1. Indian Reservations A State and Federal Handbook. Compiled by The Confederation of American Indians, New York, N.Y. McFarland and Co. Inc., Jefferson, North Carolina, c. 1986. FHL book 970.1 In2


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  • Sturtevant, William C. Handbook of North American Indians. 20 vols., some not yet published. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1978– .
Volume 1 -- Not yet published
Volume 2 -- Indians in Contemporary Society (pub. 2008) -- WorldCat 234303751
Volume 3 -- Environment, Origins, and Population (pub. 2006) -- WorldCat 255572371
Volume 4 -- History of Indian-White Relations (pub. 1988) -- WorldCat 19331914; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.4.
Volume 5 -- Arctic (pub. 1984) -- WorldCat 299653808; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.5.
Volume 6 -- Subarctic (pub. 1981) -- WorldCat 247493742; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.6.
Volume 7 -- Northwest Coast (pub. 1990) -- WorldCat 247493311
Volume 8 -- California (pub. 1978) -- WorldCat 13240086; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.8.
Volume 9 -- Southwest (pub. 1979) -- WorldCat 26140053; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.9.
Volume 10 -- Southwest (pub. 1983) -- WorldCat 301504096; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.10.
Volume 11 -- Great Basin (pub. 1986) -- WorldCat 256516416; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.11.
Volume 12 -- Plateau (pub. 1998) -- WorldCat 39401371; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.12.
Volume 13 -- Plains, 2 vols. (pub. 2001) -- WorldCat 48209643
Volume 14 -- Southeast (pub. 2004) -- WorldCat 254277176
Volume 15 -- Northwest (pub. 1978) -- WorldCat 356517503; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.15.
Volume 16 -- Not yet published
Volume 17 -- Languages (pub. 1996) -- WorldCat 43957746
Volume 18 -- Not yet published
Volume 19 -- Not yet published
Volume 20 -- Not yet published
  • Tiller, Veronica E. Velarde. American Indian Reservations and Trust Areas. [Washington, DC]: Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1996. WorldCat 35209517; FHL book 970.1 T463a.
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  • United States Federal and State Indian Reservations, Map. Available online.
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  • Waldman, Carl. Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes. New York, New York: Facts on File, 2006. 3rd ed. WorldCat 14718193; FHL book 970.1 W146e 2006.


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