The Pinon Chapter has been heavily impacted by the consequences of the Navajo-Hopi land dispute. The chapter lands are situated within the Former Joint Use Area. It was not until April 18, 1979 that the disputed land was divided between the two tribes and boundaries drawn. This action finally lifted the ban or freeze on construction activities. Families have allowed home site leases to relocatees to assure them of a place to live; home site leases are very hard to obtain, especially if one is not from the chapter. Social, health, and education services have had to be adjusted to meet the additional demand caused by the relocation. Pinon, recognized as a Navajo Nation “secondary growth center” by the Division of Economic Development. In 1993 a mini-mall was built which includes a supermarket, a laundromat, and three other outlets. A new chapter house was also built the same year replacing use of one that was built during the 1950’s.
Pinon Chapter Officials
Bessie S. Allen, President
Evelyn M. Meadows, Vice President
Ramona Nalwood, Secretary/Treasurer
Juan T. Begaye, Grazing Official
Dwight Witherspoon, Council Delegate
Mary Ann Tsosie
The Pinon Chapter conducts monthly meetings to keep residents informed; residents have a forum to express their opinions to their Navajo Nation Council Delegate or to decide on matters concerning their chapter.