Tuba City Chapter House
Tuba City Chapter House

A Chapter house (Navajo: Áłah nidaʼadleeh dah bighan) is an administrative, communal meeting place on the territory of the Navajo Nation. Residents of the chapter jurisdiction have a forum to express their opinions to their Navajo Nation Council Delegate or to decide on matters concerning their chapter. Delegates are not legally bound by the opinions they receive during such meetings.[1] As of January 2004, there were a total of 110 such chapter houses existence.[2]

John G. Hunter, United States superintendent of the Leupp Agency in the early 20th century, is generally given credit for establishing the Chapter system starting in 1922. He wanted to support Navajo self-determination and local governance.[3]

References

  1. ^ Black Mesa (Kits'iili) Chapter Archived November 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 2009-12-27./
  2. ^ www.lapahie.com Archived January 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 2009-12-27.
  3. ^ Wilkins, David E. The Navajo Political Experience. Tsaile/Tséhílį́, AZ: Dine College Press, 1999.