Relevant Navajo Agencies

Navajo Business Regulatory Department

The Business Regulatory Department administers and implements the Navajo Business Opportunity Act, the Navajo Nation Corporation Code, the Uniform Commercial Code, and the Weights and Measures Program.

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The Navajo Division of Economic Development
Business Regulatory Department
P.O. Box 663
Window Rock, AZ 86515

Office of the Navajo Tax Commission

The office of the Navajo Tax Commission administers and audits seven taxes in the Navajo Nation.

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Karigan Professional Office Complex
Suite 115
100 Taylor Rd
St. Michaels, AZ 86511

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Office of the Navajo Tax Commission
P.O. Box 1903
Window Rock, AZ 86515

To'Nanees'Dizi Local Government

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220 Main Street
Tuba City, AZ 86045

Kayenta Township

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Mailing Address:

100 N. Highway 163
Box 1490
Kayenta, AZ 86033

Credit Services

Credit Services is a division within the Navajo Nation Office of the Controller that reviews any outstanding debt of a business prior to approving it for Navajo Preference Certification. 

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Window Rock, AZ

Mailing Address:

Office of the Controller
The Navajo Nation
P.O. Box 3150
Window Rock, AZ 86515

Land Department

The Land Department is within the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources. It is responsible for proper and optimum use of real property for all to benefit. It manages the land withdrawal process for business site leases. 

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Location:

Window Rock, AZ

Mailing Address:

Navajo Land Department
P.O. Box 2249
Window Rock, AZ 86515

Small Business Development Department (SBDD)

The SBDD manages Navajo Nation Business Site Leasing and administers the two Division of Economic Development lending programs -- the Business Industrial Development Fund (BIDF) and the Micro Enterprise Loan Program (MELP). the SBDD also provides technical assistance and support for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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Location:

Window Rock, AZ

Mailing Address:

SBDD
P.O. Box 663
Window Rock, AZ 86515

Regional Business Development Offices (RBDOs)

There are seven RBDOs (Regional Business Development Offices) dotted around the Navajo Nation that specialize in assisting new business owners in getting a Business Site Lease or an Industrial Site Lease. Visit your nearest RBDO to start the process. While the process requires multiple agencies to sign off on documentation, your local RBDO will help manage the majority of the process for you.

Chinle RBDO - Chinle, AZ

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Chinle, AZ

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P.O. Box 565
Chinle, Arizona 86503

Fort Defiance RBDO - Fort Defiance, AZ

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Fort Defiance, AZ

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 663
Window Rock, Arizona 86515

Northern RBDO - Montezuma Creek, UT

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Montezuma Creek, UT

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 676
Montezuma Creek, Utah 84534

Whippoorwill RBDO - Pinon, AZ

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Pinon, AZ

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1004
Pinon, Arizona 86510

Eastern RBDO - Church Rock, NM

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211 East Historic 66
Church Rock, NM 87311

Mailing Address:

PO Box 250
Church Rock, NM 87311

Western RBDO - Tuba City, AZ

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Tuba City, AZ

Mailing Address:

PO Box 485
Tuba City, AZ 86045

Shiprock RBDO - Shiprock, NM

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Shiprock, NM

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1864,
Shiprock, New Mexico 87420

Forms

Registration Application - Domestic LLC

Registration Application - Domestic L3C

Form 200 - Declaration of Interest in Lease

Application for Certificate of Authority - Foreign Corporations

Used for businesses structured as corporations to register their company with the Navajo Nation.

Recertification Instructions

Once you are certified as Priority 1 or Priority 2, you must re-certify your business every year.

Form 100 - Designation of Individual

Form 100 - Instructions

Application for Registration - Foreign LLC

Form 600 - Instructions

Application for Registration - Foreign L3C

Form 607 - Sales Tax for Construction Activity

Annual Report for Corporations

Required to be submitted every year for corporations registered with the Navajo Nation.

Form 401 - Business Activity Tax Return

Annual Report for LLCs

Required to be submitted every year for LLCs registered with the Navajo Nation.

Fee Schedule for Corporations

Form 600 - Sales Tax Return

Priority Certification for Construction Contracting

Application for Navajo Preference Certification by businesses providing construction services.

Priority Certification for Professional Services Contracting

Application for Navajo Preference Certification for businesses providing professional services.
Additional instructions that display both in checklist items and Resources section.

Exhibit A - Financial Statements

Must be submitted along with your application for Navajo Preference Certification.

Exhibit B - Past Projects

Must be submitted along with your application for Navajo Preference Certification.

Application for Certificate of Indian Blood

Certification of Indian Blood is required when applying for Navajo Preference Certification. If you don't have a CIB, you can apply for one from the closest Office of Vital Records to your community.
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Incorporation of Domestic For-Profit Corporation

Guides

Legal Structures for Businesses

Need help selecting the best business structure for your business? We've assembled the definitions, advantages, and disadvantages of the most popular business structures using information from the US Small Business Administration. If you need more assistance, we suggest having a conversation with a lawyer with expertise on this topic or speaking to a friend who's made this decision for his or her business.

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Small Business Resources

Inno-Nations

Inno-Nations is a program of the American Indian Policy Institute at ASU that supports Native American business owners and enterprises in building sustainable tribal economies through modernizing traditional trade networks. They offer the “First Innovations” culturally competent entrepreneurial curriculum and training for small business owners as a two-semester course in American Indian Studies.

Accion

Accion is a nonprofit dedicated to making high-quality, affordable financial services available worldwide. They have a program dedicated to Native American small businesses, headed by David Sayer in Albuquerque.

Mailing Address:
2000 Zearing Ave NW Albuquerque, NM 87104

Navajo CDFI

NNCDFI provides low cost capital to individuals, businesses and communities via loan products. Their vision is to develop financial infrastructure on the Navajo Nation that utilizes core values and traditions in economic development and to catalyze the private sector to create a small business economy. 

Mailing Address:
P.O. BOX 4919 Window Rock, AZ 85515

Dineh Chamber of Commerce

The Dineh Chamber of Commerce provides a voice for Navajo-owned businesses to create a positive working relationship with peers, organizations, and governments doing business on or near the Navajo Nation. 

Mailing Address:
PO Box 4920 Window Rock, AZ 86515

Native American Business Incubator Network

NABIN catalyzes local, healthy, and sustainable economies in Native American communities located on the Colorado Plateau. They provide business incubation and entrepreneurial training services to Native American entrepreneurs. NABIN is increasing business capacity, encouraging creativity and innovation, and invigorating an economic force that is both ecologically and culturally sustainable.

Mailing Address:
2601 N Fort Valley Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Navajo Tech Innovation Center

NTIC provides a variety of services for resident Native American entrepreneurs as well as surrounding professionals with a one of a kind environment that promotes sustainability and leadership. We also offer Studio G, a specialized program for helping Navajo Technical University students start businesses. 

Mailing Address:
309b Rte 66 Church Rock, NM 87311

Native Entrepreneur In Residence Program

NEIR is an Albuquerque-based program providing tools for success to emerging Native American businesses, bringing financial literacy, business skills and a vibrant network to Native American business owners and their communities.

Mailing Address:
219 Central Ave NW Suite 200 Albuquerque, NM 87102