Published on March 9, 2013 by Casey
A Chapter house (Navajo: Áłah nidaʼadleeh dah bighan) is an administrative, communal meeting place on the territory of the Navajo Nation where residents have a forum to express their opinions to their Navajo Nation Council Delegate or to decide on matters concerning their chapter. As of January 2004, there were a total of 110 such meeting places in existence. However, the input given to the delegates during such meetings is not legally binding.
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John G. Hunter, superintendent of the Leupp Agency, is generally given credit for the establishment of the Chapter system starting in 1922 in an effort to bolster Navajo self-determination and local governance.