Navajo Rangers

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Navajo Rangers
Navajo Ranger emblem.jpg
Patch of the Navajo Rangers.
Agency overview
Formed 1957
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Governing body Division of Natural Resources (Navajo Nation)
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Window Rock, Arizona
Sworn members 26 (2007)
Agency executive Leonard Butler[1] (2012), Chief Ranger
Official website

The Navajo Rangers (formed 1957[2]) are an organization of the Navajo Nation in the Southwestern United States, which maintain and protect the tribal nation's public works and natural resources.[3] The Rangers form a part of the Navajo Nation Department of Resource Enforcement (within the Division of Natural Resources), and as of 2007 consisted of 26 officers divided into three districts.[4] The Rangers also serve as a park service, protecting natural and historical sites and assisting travelers.[5]

The organization was founded by Richard Fowler Van Valkenburgh.[6][7]


  1. ^ Associated Press. (August 4, 2012). "Drought on Navajo Nation hits wild horses". ABC 15 (Arizona). 
  2. ^ Navajo Nation - Natural Resource Law Enforcement -Navajo Rangers at
  3. ^ James F. Downs (February 1984). The Navajo. Waveland Press. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-88133-037-3. Retrieved 11 August 2011.  - Navajo rangers build roads, dams, and other tribal works and operate a separate park service and tribal highway and works departments
  4. ^ Graeme R. Newman, General Editor (ed.). Crime and Punishment Around the World. ABC-CLIO. p. 240. ISBN 978-0-313-35133-4. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Standard Oil Company; Exxon Corporation (1957). The Lamp. Exxon Corp. p. 192. Retrieved 11 August 2011.  - Navajo Rangers, riding in pick-up trucks and jeeps, are on constant patrol. Their job is to protect the natural beauties and the archeological sites of the Navajo homeland, and to assist travelers...
  6. ^ Richard Fowler Van Valkenburgh: Friend of the Navajo People, The National Association of the Van Valkenburg Family
  7. ^ Navajo Times. January 1967. p. 132. Retrieved 1 December 2012.  - Mr. Van Valkenburgh, who also was the founder of the Navajo Tribal Rangers, was so greatly beloved by the tribe that at the time of his death the Council held a memorial service.

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