Navajo Nation Chapter Series

Editor's note: In an effort to chronicle the beauty and diversity of the Navajo Nation, as well as its issues, the Navajo Times has committed to visiting all 110 chapters in alphabetical order.

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Remember Alamo

The Navajo Nation's stepchild has found creative ways to prosper on its own

Oil and water

Blessed with natural resources, Aneth hasn't fully reaped their benefits


Between Gallup and Zuni, a Navajo chapter slices out an identity

Where it all started

New Mexico's uranium boom can be traced to Baca-Prewitt

The burbs of Crownpoin

Becenti has become a bedroom community for larger towns

Water underneath, kindness on top

Is Beclabito the Navajo Nation's nicest chapter? Just ask the seniors

Not just for the birds.

Tsidi To'ii boasts oases for the body and the mind

Rising from the ruins

Black Mesa getting some long-awaited improvements

Almost forgotten

Left alone for 40 years, Bodaway/Gap is split over tough choices

Laughing at trees

In T'iis Tsoh Sikaad, a sense of humor is imperative

Waiting for a fair wind

Things haven't gone Cameron's way, but locals are hopeful

A whirlwind on the lake

Casamero Lake may be dry, but ideas are flowing

A good place to hide

Navajo Mountain emerging from shadows

The homeless chapter

All Chichiltah wants for Christmas is a chapter house

Swept under the rug

A grand community feat never quite paid off for Chilchinbeto

The middle spot

Life in a land of hidden treasures

A-spiring to greatness

Over the years, Church Rock has boomed and busted. Could it rise again?

The relocated chapter

On the rim of Coalmine Canyon, a community regrows its roots

What lies beneath

There's more than copper under the shallow sands of Beesh Hageed


Community tackles top priorities of infrastructure, creating businesses

On the fringe of the Rez

Patchworked and pockmarked, Counselor remains tightly knit

The Moab of the rez

Cove emerges from its mining legacy with much to offer

Manuelito's legacy

Several famous Navajos called Coyote Canyon home

Split down the middle

The progressive chapter of Crownpoint is half ghost town

Dodge country

The mountains of Crystal produced the first tribal chairman

Getting back to green

Dennehotso wants to be the world's best farm town

Dancing with drought

Life in Dilkon will be smooth...if it can meet its water needs

Home of the fighting grannies

Forest Lake residents resisted mining, relocation

Visibly historic

Fort Defiance Chapter's history is on display if you care to look

The invisible chapter

Gadii'ahi/To'Koi fights for a place on the map

At the crossroads of health and commerce

Independent of the reservation, Ganado prospered

They're Number 1

Straddling the Pueblo Colorado, Greasewood Springs is awash in possibilities

Hard rocks, tough people

Hard Rock grapples with the aftermath of relocation

The orphan on the checkerboard

The largest Eastern chapter contemplates its next move

Land of giants and eagles

Indian Wells is an oversized sculpture garden

Where the buffalo roamed

After tough times, little Iyanbito is poised to grow

The island chapter

Jeddito is surrounded by Hopi land

Life on the detour

Kaibeto finds itself suddenly on the beaten track

The chapter with a town

Kayenta combines beauty with economic muscle

A bridge not far enough

Kin Dah Lichii chapter is divided by a creek

Annie and the Anasazi

Klagetoh is home to the famous, the traditional, and (almost) enough water

The Old Stagecoach Stop

Lake Valley is a place with a history, hoping for a future

From ugly to beautiful ... again

Manuelito undergoes a physical and fiscal makeover

Few farms, but good ones

Many Farms' agricultural legacy threatened by drought

In the hidden valley

Mariano Lake has found creative ways to do things on its own

The jewel of the desert

The ancient camp of Mexican Water takes off in a bold new direction

Checkmated by Chaco

To develop, Nageezi needs a truce with the Anasazi

The Latest Chapter

There are pros and cons to being the New Lands

The Sociable Chapter

There's no gap in the social structure of Nahodishgish

The four-story chapter

Naschitti is digging in for a more settled life

At the mercy of the listmeisters

To be from Nazlini is to keep your eyes on the lists

Counting on coal

Nenahnezad anxiously watching developments at Navajo Mine

Corralled by Cows

Grazing permits, arch sites keep Newcomb from developing

The two-headed chapter

Oak Springs and Pine Springs are siblings and sometimes rivals

An eye on the past and the future

Still remote, Ojo Encino has developed quickly

Oljato locator map showing chapter at the north-northeastern portion of the Navajo Nation

The recalcitrant beauty

Oljato Chapter basks in uninvited glory

The Superfund chapter

Pinedale is haunted by its nuclear legacy

Where the Pavement Ends

Piñon starting to tame its wild frontier

Guarding the Great House

Pueblo Pintado is the gateway to Chaco — but don't tell anybody

Wolves, moonshine and Billy the Kid

You can hide most anything in the rugged hills of Ramah

Lost Logging Legacy

Red Lake struggles to retrieve its former grandeur

Chapter in waiting

Red Mesa waits for the tribe, the state the feds -- and charges on

Birthplace of RECA

The widows of Red Valley pressed for uranium justice

Staying Above Water

The flood-plain community of Rock Point clings fast to culture

Too close for comfort

Rock Springs wants to be more than a bedroom for Gallup

Home of the first contract school

Rough Rock was a model of self-determination

Too close for comfort

Rock Springs wants to be more than a bedroom for Gallup

A Heritage of Conflict

Round Rock has fought the Spanish, an Indian agent, and now neglect

More than a mission

St. Michaels is ready to claim its due

Across the River

Stranded by its namesake, San Juan Chapter needs a bridge to develop

Sawing Logs

The once-vibrant community of Sawmill awaits its next opportunity

Not so sheepish

Sheep Springs is the gateway to everywhere

Smooth sailing

Blessed by water and commerce, Shiprock takes wing

Heart of arts

Shonto looks toward a sunny future

Cleaning up its act ...

But don't fill your jugs in Smith Lake just yet

Chugging along

Steamboat has always led the way

Closed mines, open minds

Blue Gap/Tachee wants Window Rock to help or get out of the way

Coming full circle

Can Teec Nos Pos get back to its sociable, agrarian roots?

Home of the Navahopis

Teesto was the place two cultures met and blended

On the road to hope

Thoreau tackles teen despondency with a welcoming space

Rugs, fish and the tribal council

Toadlena has a prominent place in Navajo history

Breaking good

The 'Enemy Navajo' of To'hajilee strike up a friendship with Hollywood

Poised for progress

Tohatchi can develop if it chooses to

Gunshooter, the orphans and the killing of The Bat

Barren Tolani Lake Chapter is rich in history

Sweetwater to no water

Dry Tolikan flows with milk of human kindness

The old outpost

Tonalea's fortunes depend on the road

Blowing its own horn

To' Nanees' Dizi weaves a tangled web, bounces back

Torreon/Star Lake clings proudly to its Navajo roots

Ts'ah bii Kin

The canyons were Ts'ah bii Kin's lifeblood

On the rim of opportunity

LeChee is taking the plunge toward a (hopefully) brighter future

Tsaile/Wheatfields/ Blackrock

more than Diné College

Close and far

Tsayatoh a hidden gem in sight of Gallup

Soft ground, hard luck

Tsé Al Náoztii struggles with nature, internal conflict

Clogs in the system

Tse Daa' Kaan has plenty of water but can't use it

On firm footing

Tse'ii'ahi has a rock-solid base of community

The self-made chapter

Tsélani/Cottonwood went after what it needed and still does

Legacy of leadership

Tsé Lichii is poised to absorb Gallup's overflow

Bypassed by progress

Tsé Si Ani's glory days are in the past -- or the future

The gathering spot

Twin Lakes/Bahastl'ah has hosted summits since prehistoric times

Corn, craps and cryptids

Everything's larger-than-life in Upper Fruitland

Becoming a hub

Taking advantage of its location, Whippoorwill draws public offices

Return to the range

Is it too late to restart the ranches of White Cone?

Going with the flow

Whitehorse Lake's future is a tale of two pipelines

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