Naschitti Chapter

Our Story

Naschitti is located in a unique area along the U.S. 491, 43 miles north of Gallup and 52 miles south of Shiprock. The Naschitti Community was founded and established in 1893. The name originates from a badger that was digging for shelter or for food, but instead dug up water. Early settlers made a well out of the badger’s discovery which provided drinking water for years. An artesian well was later tapped, but was soon replaced by a windmill that provided domestic and livestock water. The windmill still stands in the arroyo behind the present trading post. The first trading post was built around 1915 about one half mile south of the present store. Around 1922, the Christian Reform Church, with permission of the Navajo Tribe, established a church in Naschitti. In the early 1930’s the Catholic Church also established a mission in the community as well. In 1934, the Bureau of Indian Affairs built a day school; bring more families to live closer to Naschitti. The community saw a continued need for education, so when the day school closed in 1958, the San Juan County School built a public school in the community. Later, a gymnasium and cafeteria were added to the School. As the years passed, in 2015, the entire Naschitti Elementary was replaced with a brand new school.

On November 22, 2014, Naschitti Chapter transitioned to a Commission-based Government.



When: November 5, 2023

Time: 9:00am

Additional Upcoming Meetings

Veterans Meeting

When: November 11, 2023
Time: 10:00am

Grazing Meeting

When: November 17, 2023
Time: 8:00 am


        • September 4th, 2023 – Labor Day (OFFICE CLOSED)
        • September 11th, 2023 – Firewood Cutting Project @ 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Chuska Mountain Area: BIA Route 30, Golf Ball Rd) CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
        • September 11th, 2023 – Patriot Day
        • September 18th, 2023 – Firewood Cutting Project @ 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Chuska Mountain Area: BIA Route 30, Golf Ball Rd)
        • September 23rd, 2023 – Fall Equinox

Naschitti Community governance

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday
from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.

*Hours may vary*

Naschitti Laundromat

Business Hours:

Sunday – Saturday
from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

LAST WASH: 3:00 P.M.

*Hours may vary*


Carissa Wood
Chapter Manager

Dorene Thomas
Administrative Assistant

Jerome Willatto
Equipment Operator / Maintenance

Beatrice Dennison
Office Assistant

Leland Denetdale


Rhonda R. Herbert

Commission President

Kee Y. Gee
Commission Vice President

Orlinda R. Skyberg
Commission Secretary / Treasurer

Tammy Yazzie
Commission Member

Alexis J. Wood
Commission Member


Nathan Notah
Council Delegate (District 14)


Angela Sanford
Naschitti Grazing Official