About Us


The Mission of the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department is to protect, preserve and manage tribal parks, monuments and recreation areas for the perpetual enjoyment and benefit of the Navajo Nation – the spectacular landscapes, buttes, canyons, clean air, diversity of plants and wildlife, and areas of beauty and solitude.


With over 17 million acres, the Navajo Nation encompasses the entire northeast quarter of the state of Arizona, and spills over into New Mexico and Utah.  Vast areas of pristine wilderness, majestic canyons, high mountain meadows, dry deserts, flatlands and blue skies characterize the land of the Navajo people.   Mid 20th century Navajo leaders recognized the need to preserve and conserve these lands for future generations for their enjoyment and spiritual well-being, and, in accordance with Navajo custom, to welcome visitors from all over the world.

To be the custodian of these lands, the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department was established in 1964 and remains one of the oldest programs in the Navajo Nation government.  It faces tremendous challenges to accomplish its mandate to manage, protect and preserve these special areas because of the growing Navajo population, the need to promote economic and social opportunity for the people, and the huge number of visitors who come to see, learn and experience the wonders of the Navajo Nation.

To fulfill its responsibility to the Navajo Nation government and people, the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department shall:

  • Continue its presence on the Navajo Nation as the trustee of special lands held for the common benefit of all Navajo people;
  • Perform and carry out its role with due regard and respect for Navajo traditional values and customs;
  • Listen and try to understand all perspectives and diverse points of view;
  • Promote Navajo beliefs and values to the outside world;
  • Strive for excellence, creativity and initiative in its operations;
  • Treat all individuals with acceptance, integrity and respect; and
  • Create enduring partnerships to foster conservation and preservation using innovative and traditional approaches.


The Navajo Parks and Recreation Department is one of the oldest programs in the Navajo Nation government.  It was established in 1964 and is charged with the responsibility to the the Navajo Nation’s primary caretaker of special lands set aside for preservation.  The Mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to wisely manage Navajo parks, monuments and recreation areas for the long-term benefit of the Navajo people and government. The Navajo Nation is comprised of essentially private lands, therefore all non-Navajo visitors must abide by and comply with the laws, regulations and policies promulgated by the Navajo Nation government, including those governing Navajo parks, monuments and recreation areas.

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Our department is a combination of the following sections:

  • Administrative Support Staff
  • Planning/Technical Staff
  • Construction/Maintenance Program
  • Parks Program


Administrative & Support Staff Martin L. Begaye, Department Manager email
Rita Begay, Administrative Assistant email
Lynda B. French, Accountant email
Sadie Roan, Accounting Technician email
Alvina Arviso, Associate Management Analyst email
Louise Tsinijinnie, Media Representative email
Carm Laughlin, Office Specialist email
vacant, Office Specialist
Planning/Technical Support Staff Nathaniel Boyd, Contract Compliance Officer email
Construction/Maintenance Prog. Thomas Bedonie, Senior Carpenter
Parks Program vacant, Senior Planner
Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park
Antelope Canyon
Effie M. Yazzie, Park Manager email
vacant, Office Assistant
Brenda Catron, Fee Collector Supervisor email
Little Colorado River Tribal Park Helen Webster, Program Supervisor email
Blenda Kerley, Fee Collection Supervisor email
Robert Thin, Parks Maint. Worker
Lucille Tso, Office Assistant email
Bowl Canyon / Camp Asaayi vacant, Senior Planner
Monument Valley Tribal Park Adeline Tohannie, Park Manager email
Lola Cly, Accounting Clerk email
Lena Black, Office Assistant email
Stanley Crank, Fee Collection Supervisor email
Nelson Parrish, Fee Collector Supervisor email
Evelyn Jensen, Fee Collector
Benjamin Martinez, Fee Collector email
Brenda Roanhorse, Fee Collector email
Rena Atene, Custodian
Patrick Kay, Park Maintenance
 Thomas Gray, Heavy Equipment Operator
 Lawrence Yazzie, Park Maintenance
Four Corners Monument Karen Yazzie, Park Manager email
Victoria Dee, Fee Collector email
Roselta Jones, Fee Collector
Louise Todacheeney, Fee Collector
Herman Farley, Park Maint. Worker
 Michael Grey, Security
Canyon de Chelly Planning Office Park Manager
(Cottonwood Campground) Danielle Yazzie, Office Assistant email
Alvira Teller email
Ivan Chee

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