NLD

MISSION STATEMENT

To assist our Navajo people to obtain a one-acre home site lease to build a home on Navajo Trust Land or Navajo Fee Land with compliance and clearance of federal and Navajo Navajo environmental laws.

GOAL AND OBJECTIVES

To streamline the Homesite lease process to better serve the Navajo people to obtain lease hold interest.
  • Ensure homesite lease application is completed with all requirements
  • Ensure homesite lease consents are acknowledge by the grazing permittees and the Grazing Officer.
  • Ensure a Biological evaluation is conducted for the homesite lease by Navajo Fish & Wildlife.
  • Ensure an Environmental Review is conducted by Navajo Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ensure an Archaeological Clearacne is conducted by Historic Preservation Department.
  • Ensure a Legal survey is conducted by a License Registered Land Survey for a legal survey.

HOMESITE ELIGINILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  1. The Navajo Nation shall not deny an application for a homesite lease based on the applicant’s sex, religious association, clan membership, political philosophy, personal grudges, chapter affiliation, income, education, public or private status, or tribal affiliation so long as the applicant meets all requirements required by law.
  2. Applicant(s) must be over 18 years of age.
  3. An applicant can apply for only one homesite lease, with such withdrawal limited to one acre or less of tribal trust land or fee land, excluding withdrawals of lands for residential subdivisions and other types of withdrawals, pursuant to 2 N.N.C. § 501.
  4. Applicant must be an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, however, a non-member of the Navajo Nation who is legally married to an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation may be eligible through joint husband-wife application, with proof of such legal marriage, by issuance of a valid marriage license under the laws or jurisdiction of the Navajo Nation or any State.

STEPS TO OBTAIN A HOMESITE LEASE (HSL):

  1. Application – Client shall pickup a HSL Application from Agency Land offices or online.
    • Client will complete Page 2 (Acknowledgement), Page 3 (Joint Applicant Form-if applicable), and Page 4, Section 1.
    • Client will then meet with a Grazing Officer to record the proposed homesite’s GPS coordinates to complete Page 4, Section 2.
    • The Grazing Officer will also complete Page 5, Sections 1-3 on Page 5 to distinguish grazing permittee(s) affected within a ½ mile radius of the proposed homesite for consent.
    • Client will then meet with the grazing permit holder(s) to get their consent. Each grazing permit holder will have to sign Page 6.
  2. Submit Application & Fee Payments:
    • Client shall submit the Homesite Leases Application once you get the consent from the Grazing Officer and Grazing Permittee(s), with a money order of $30.00 for the Filing Fee, made payable to the "Navajo Nation." (Non-Refundable)
  3. Biological Clearance:
    • Navajo Fish & Wildlife will conduct a Biological Review of the proposed homesite. If NO biological concerns, a “Biological Compliance Form” will be issued. If concerns do arise, client will need to select another homesite in Area 3 or 4 of the biological map.
  4. Archaeological Clearance:
    • Client will need to hire a Private Archaeologist at their own expense to conduct an inventory of the proposed homesite and shall report findings to the Navajo Historic Preservation Department for review. Client is responsible for submitting a copy of their receipt to NLD once completed.
  5. Legal Survey
    • Client will need to hire a Certified Land Surveyor at their own expense to conduct a civil survey and survey plat for the proposed homesite. Client is responsible for submitting a copy of their receipt and survey plat to NLD once complete.
  6. Historic Preservation Department (HPD):
    • HPD shall issue a “Cultural Resources Compliance Form (CRCF)” if there are no archaeological concerns. Client is responsible for submitting a copy of the CRCF to NLD once complete.
  7. Environmental Compliance Determination (ECD)
    • General Land Department will conduct an environmental review of the proposed homesite. If there are NO environmental concerns, a clearance letter will be issued to the client. If concerns do arise a full-fledged Environmental Assessment will be required if the client still desires that same location.
  8. Navajo Land Department Director Approval
    • Complete homesite lease application with all required documents shall then be packaged and sent to the NLD Director for review and approval on behalf of the Navajo Nation.
    • If approved, copies will be sent to the client, BIA, and Southwest Title Plant-Albuquerque, NM for records.
    • First year’s HSL Rental Fee is expected at this time in the amount of $12 through money order payable to the Navajo Nation.
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MODIFICATION / TRANSFER OF AN APPROVED HOMESITE LEASE:

Can only be done in person at Agency Land offices. Modifications include change of marital tatus, name, probates, and adding/deleting an individual to/from an approved lease. Original Approved Homesite Lease with proof of identification and all other legal documents will be required.
  1. $45.00 Money Order, for Filing Fees (Non-refundable)
  2. Applicant must be 18 years or older
  3. Certificate of Navajo Indian Blood, must have enrollment number with the NN Census Office
  4. Marriage License, Divorce Documents, and/or Death Certificate
  5. Past unpaid Annual Fees (must be paid in full before any Modification can be done).
  6. All required compliance clearances need to be submitted; Certifited Survey plat, Cultural Resource Compliance, Biological Clearance and an Environmental Compliance Determination. If you don't have one of these clearacnes then Navajo Land Departemnt would have to request for the clearance before final approval.

FORMS/DOCUMENTS:

   » HOMESITE LEASE APPLICATION

   » HOMESITE LEASE FLOWCHART

   » CULTURAL RESOURCE CONSULTANTS & PRIVATE SURVEYORS

   » BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES CLEARANCE (Navajo Fish & Wildlife)

   » INVESTIGATION FORM

HOMESITE LEASE REGULATIONS:
   » HSL Regulations 2016
            »CAP-48-99 The Privacy Act 26
            »CM-9-50 NNC approved 750 feet highway ROW on both sides of highway 28
            »RCD-216-99 Community Cemeteries 30
            »RCD-289-93 Approving the Homesite Lease Policy and Procedures 32
            »RCJA-05-06 Approving and Promulgating New Rules for Land, Grazing and Farming Disputes 35
            »RCJY-133-01 10-Year Forest Management Plan 36
            »RCJY-142-92 Moratorium of New Homesites and Range Units within the Navajo Commercial Forest Area 38
            »RCMA-34-03 Biological Resource Land Use Clearance Policies and Procedures 40
            »RCN-194-02 OHA to Hear and Decide Disputes concerning Grazing Rights, Land Boundaries and Fences 43
            »RCS-51-85 Boundaries of Canyon De Chelly National Monument Moratorium
            »Homesite Policy and Procedure Approved on 1993