Judicial Districts of the Navajo Nation

updated October 18, 2012

Judicial districts in the Navajo Nation as approved on April 1, 1988 numbered seven -- Chinle, Crownpoint, Kayenta, Ramah, Shiprock, Tuba City, and Window Rock Judicial Districts.  The satellite courts of Alamo and To'hajiilee were included in the Ramah Judicial District.

The need to establish additional judicial districts resulted in a review of reservation maps using boundaries established by agencies, service providers and law enforcement districts. This review resulted in a consensus of service providers supporting the designation of judicial districts based on the use of Chapter boundaries.

Effective April 4, 2006, the Alamo and T'hajiilee satellite courts became the distinct Alamo/T'hajiilee Judicial District.  The Dilkon Judicial District was also added.  On August 10, 2007, the Judiciary Committee officially created the Aneth Judicial District serving the northern portion of the Navajo Nation, with judicial boundaries to include Aneth, Red Mesa, Mexican Water, Sweetwater and Tees Nos Pos (west of the Arizona/New Mexico state line). Effective June 5, 2008, the northern portion of Huerfano Chapter became part of the Shiprock Judicial District. These new Judicial Districts were developed by the Judicial Branch, approved by the Judiciary Committee (Resolution No. 0239-06) and provided for in the Navajo Nation operating budget as authorized at 7 N.N.C. 251 (B).

On May 29, 2012, the Dził Yijiin Judicial District, located at Pinon, Arizona, was established as the eleventh judicial district of the Navajo Nation by resolution of the Law and Order Committee. 

The map below created by the Navajo Land Department, Division of Natural Resources, shows how each Judicial District is constituted by Chapters.   The map is followed by a list of judicial districts with their constituted chapters, and finally an artistic map of terrain with district overlay.  A .PDF version of the Navajo Land Dept. map may also be found here.

 

NAVAJO NATION  JUDICIAL DISTRICTS WITH CONSTITUTED CHAPTERS
1 ALAMO/T'HAJIILEE JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Alamo  
T
'hajiilee

2 CHINLE JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Chinle

Lukachukai

Many Farms

Nazlini

Rock Point

Ts Ch' Izhi -- Rough Rock

Round Rock

Tsaile- Wheatfields

Tselani-Cottonwood

3 CROWNPOINT JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Bhl (formerly Breadsprings)

Baca-Prewitt         

Becenti         

Casamero Lake           

Chichiltah                   

Churchrock             

Counselor                 

Coyote Canyon         

Crownpoint              

Huerfano (south of a horizontal line beginning just south of Blanco Trading Post on U.S. Hwy 550 and running westward through Milepost 79 on State Hwy 371)

lyanbito                   

Lake Valley        

Littlewater                

Mariano Lake       

Mexican Springs

Nageezi

Nahodishgish

Ojo Encino

Pinedale

Pueblo Pintado

RedRock

Smith Lake

Standing Rock

Thoreau

Tohatchi

Torreon

Twin Lakes

Whitehorse Lake

Whiterock

4 DILKON JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Birdsprings

Dilkon

Greasewood Springs

Indian Wells

Jeddito

Leupp

Teesto

Tolani Lake

Whitecone

5 KAYENTA JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Chilchinbeto

Dennehotso

Kayenta

Navajo Mountain

Oljato

Shonto

Tsah Bii Kin (formerly Inscription House)

6 ANETH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Aneth

Mexican Water

Red Mesa

Sweetwater (Tolikan)

Teec Nos Pos (West of NM/AZ state line)

7 RAMAH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Ramah

8 SHIPROCK JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Beclabito                 

Cove                

Gadiiahi/To'koi                

Naschitti                 

Nenahnezad            

Newcomb            

Red Valley

San Juan

Sanostee

Sheepsprings

Shiprock

Teec Nos Pos (East of NM/AZ state line)

T'iitsoh Sikaad (formerly Burnham)

Toadlena - Two Grey Hills

Tse'Daa'Kaan (formerly Hogback)

Upper Fruitland

Huerfano (north of a horizontal line beginning just south of Blanco Trading Post on U.S. Hwy 550 and running westward through Milepost 79 on State Hwy 371)

9 TUBA CITY JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Bodaway-Gap

Cameron

Coalmine Canyon

Coppermine

Kaibeto

Lechee

Toh Nanees Dizi

Tonalea

10 WINDOW ROCK JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Cornfields

Crystal                

Fort Defiance                  

Ganado                   

Houck             

Kinlichee                 

Klagetoh                 

Lupton              

Manuelito              

Nahata Dziil

Oak Springs

Red Lake

Rock Springs

Sawmill

St. Michaels

Steamboat

Tsayatoh

Wide Ruins

11 DZIŁ YIJIIN JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Black Mesa (Kits'iili)

Forest Lake

Hardrock

Low Mountain

Pinon

Tachee-Blue Gap

Whippoorwill

 

The below artistic map by Deborah Reade adapted and reprinted by permission of the School of American Research, Santa Fe 2003
shows geographical terrain and demarcates our districts numerically for identification.  It is not to be relied on for accuracy of boundaries:
Map of Navajo Nation Judicial Districts, updated 5/29/12