DEPARTMENT OF RESOURCE ENFORCEMENT
Consists of 16 commissioned law enforcement officers or Rangers; one Chief Ranger, five administrative staff, four Ranger Sergeants and eleven field Rangers.
To protect and preserve the cultural, historical and archaeological resources of the Navajo Nation, through law enforcement, public education, preventive patrols, and regulatory enforcement. To safeguard and preserve the livestock property of residents to maintain the cultural and traditional significance of this resource for future generations of Dine’
The Navajo Rangers were formed in 1957 by Richard Fowler Van Valkenburgh who worked for the Navajo Land Claim Office, along with Sam Day III, John C. McPhee, Frank Bradley Sr., Frank W. Bradley, John Nelson Dee, Sam Shorty Begay, Samuel Billison and Tribal Chairman Paul Jones and Vice Chairman Scott Preston.
The purpose of the Department of Resource Enforcement is to protect and preserve the natural and cultural resources and to safeguard the livestock property of the Navajo people in accordance with the mandated laws and regulations of the Navajo Nation.
- Place our cultural and religious beliefs as Dine’ as paramount ideals for future generations, by strengthening our sovereignty as a Nation.
- Develop and foster leadership abilities among workforce while optimizing use of available resources.
- Conduct business in an honest, ethical and consistent manner.
- Maintain performance standards that enhance job satisfaction and provides for professional growth of employees.
AREAS OF ENFORCEMENT AND PROTECTION
Archaeological, Cultural Resources, Forestry, Parks and Scenic areas, Game and Fish, Oil and Minerals, Water Resources, Agriculture, Back Country Patrol, Search and Rescue, Technical Rescue, Boat Operations, All Terrain Vehicle Patrol, Mud Flood Snow Emergencies, Strategic National Stockpile Transport, Wildland Fire Investigation and Response.