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Shiprock Extension

FRTEP - 1862

The Navajo Nation, one of the largest
Native American Tribes in the United States, has more than 230,000
enrolled tribal members with reservation boundaries extending into
Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Further, the Navajo Nation is the largest
Indian reservation in the United States, comprising about 17 million
acres, or about 25,000 square miles. The capital of the Navajo Nation
is Window Rock, Arizona where much of the central government is
located. The Shiprock Agency in which the project is situated is in the
northeastern part of the Navajo Nation. The agency extends into the
northeast portion of Arizona; the southeastern corner of Utah and the
northwest corner of New Mexico.

Agriculture continues to be a livelihood for a majority of the
Navajo (Dine') people. In part, livestock production is still a
dependable staple that provides food and even revenue for Navajo
families. Livestock also exhibits the cultural values that developed
since the historical acquisition of domestic animals and farming
practices. Along the San Juan River corridor, there reside some
dedicated Navajo farmers who produce various farm products, along with
the popular alfalfa. These people are faced with an eminent policy for
water rights; yet, they continue to yield supplemental crops that
complement their income. For some, it is their source of income. Thus,
the Navajo rancher and farmer are still in need of dependable
information and education that could enhance their efficiency and
productivity. Nonetheless, the focus and goals for the Shiprock
Cooperative Extension (EIRP) would be to continue challenging the
impractical production and marketing practices so that the people can
bring about well-deserved benefits. Accordingly, 4-H Youth Development
programming will continue to provide the outlet for Navajo children to
pursue acceptable agricultural progresses. In addition, community
wellness is important among the Navajo people and health problems
(diabetes, obesity, cholesterol) plague our elderlies as well as our
young people. On the down side, it is most probable that problems do
associate with needs and livelihoods. There in, the Bureau of Indian
Affairs, Branch of Natural Resources (BIA) rangeland inventories have
recognized the exhaustion of rangeland resources reservation wide.
Clearly, this is attributed to overgrazing and lack of fencing to
control livestock grazing behavior. To add to the problem, this year
(2002) the Navajo Nation and probably a majority of the Western United
States are experiencing drought. This complicates the peoples'
agricultural endeavors. We recognize that a satisfactory drought based
education programs should help the people understand these

Contact Information

Jeannie Benally

Extension Agent
(505) 368-1028
(505) 368-1009

P.O. Box 3629,
Shiprock Cooperative Extension,
Shiprock, NM 87420

Extension Programs

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UNM Farm/Ranch Safety Program Shiprock Extension

Department of Emergency Medicine, Center for Injury Prevention Research and Education staff member, Dr. Deborah Helitzer received a grant from University of Texas to conduct a research study... Read more

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Indian Health Service Program Shiprock Extension

Dr. Chris Percy with the Health Promotions & Disease Prevention department stressed the need for health education and activities for the local communities and allocated some dollars to this... Read more

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4-H Youth Development Shiprock Extension

This youth program is comprised of community clubs within Shiprock Agency. There are eight clubs located in Shiprock, Hogback, Nenahnezad, Upper Fruitland, Sanostee, Aneth, Red Mesa and Haanaadlii.... Read more