According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 298,197 individuals claimed Navajo ethnicity. Of that total, as of November 30, 2001 (Navajo Nation Vital Records Office), 255,543 are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation, placing the Navajo Indian Tribe as the largest federally recognized tribe in the United States.


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Navajo Nation Demographics

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, of the 180,000 residents residing on Navajo Nation tribal land, 168,000 are Navajo enrolled members, with the remaining being non-members who reside and work within the Navajo Nation.

Another 80,000 Navajos reside near or within “border towns” of the Navajo Nation – Farmington, NM, Gallup, NM, Grants, NM, Page, AZ, Flagstaff, AZ, Cortez, CO, Winslow, AZ, Holbrook, AZ, and Blanding, UT.

The remaining Navajos, enrolled and non-enrolled, reside in metropolitan centers across the United States.

The Navajo Nation population is relatively young – the median age being 22,.5 years (2000 Census Count).

Early Navajo Leaders

Ganado Mucho, probably the most important Navajo leader along with Manuelito.

Some others were, Cannero Mucho, Mariano, Tierre-su-se, Cabra Negra, Cayantanita, and Narbono Primero.


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