The Navajo Glossary of Legal and Related Terms

The Navajo Glossary of Legal and Related Terms is the product of considerable study, dedication and hard work. This glossary is dedicated primarily to legal terminology and other lexical terms that occur with frequency in the judicial legal setting in cases involving the Navajo language. Selection was based primarily on including those terms that have proven difficult to interpret into Navajo.

This glossary was written with the special purpose of providing Navajo interpreters with a comprehensible grasp of English legal or other terms, and to provide the equivalent word or phrase in Navajo that can be used in the interpretation process. It is envisioned that this glossary will be useful not only to federal, state and local courts, but to other agencies, educational institutions, research organizations, scholars and members of the public who have a special interest in this area.