Navajo Nature

Welcome to Navajo Nature. Here you will find information about the natural environments, flora and fauna found within the borders of the Navajo Reservation. The flagship project for Navajo Nature is documenting the biodiversity and biology of the reservation's ant species.

Navajo Nation (Diné Bikéyah) is a term that is used to refer to a people, a culture, a political entity and a geographic area. Native American residents of the the Navajo Nation refer to themselves as Diné. Most non-tribal people know the Diné as Navajo but this is a name ascribed to them by outsiders. The Diné govern their own affairs and are recognized as the largest Native American tribe (~ 300,000 people).

The Navajo Reservation is home to more than half of the Diné people. This land encompasses about 26,000 square miles or roughly 17 million acres. Northeastern Arizona, southwestern Colorodo, southeastern Utah and northwestern New Mexico border the Reservation lands.