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Division of Social Services


The Navajo Division of Social Services (DSS) is under the Executive Branch of the Navajo Nation’s three-branch government. Under the leadership of the NDSS Executive Director, NDSS programs and departments provide social services, consistent with professional social work ethics and values, and human services in accordance with Navajo cultural values to help reduce and alleviate hardship.



16 June 2023

LIHEAP Applications Not Accepted Until Further Notice

The Navajo Nation Department for Family Services is no longer accepting applications for its 2023 low-income energy assistance program. This change took effect on Monday, June 12.

27 April 2023

The Department for Self Reliance Window Rock and Support Services offices will be closed May 1-3, 2023.

The Department for Self Reliance (DSR) Window Rock (WR) and Support Services offices will be closed May 1 through 3, so that staff may begin moving in to the new three-story building behind Quality Inn at 48 West Highway 264, in Window Rock, AZ.

25 April 2023

Notice of One-Day Office Closure – Arizona Long Term Care Services

The Division of Social Services’ (DSS), Arizona Long Term Care Services (ALTCS) will be closing their offices on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, for staff development.

Regular services will resume on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

24 April 2023

Navajo Nation Presented with $3 million in Funding for Shiprock Domestic Violence Shelter

New Mexico Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez spoke at a private event hosted by the Navajo Division of Social Services (NDSS) to present the Navajo Nation with $3 million from the 2022-23 Congressional Budget Bill.

13 July 2022


DSS Departments & Programs

Be advised, DSS funding sources require that all DSS applicants meet eligibility requirements. Click on the links below to download a fillable applications for financial assistance. Use the Application Portal above to apply immediately.

Office of the Executive Director

 Postal Address:
PO Box 4590
Window Rock,
Arizona 86515

 Physical Address:
2296 Administration Bldg #2,
Window Rock Blvd.

 (928) 871-6851
 (928) 871-7372

 Dss Executive Directory

 Thomas Cody,
Executive Director

 Marlinda Littleman,
Deputy Division Director

Administrative Support Section

Kat Jackson,  Senior Office Specialist
ext. 6851
Chelmarie Jones,  Administrative Services Officer
ext. 6829
Valentina Redhorse,  Administrative Assistant
ext. 6833

Human Resources Section

Philbert Yazzie  Senior Programs & Projects Specialist
ext. 7117

Communication Section

Delilah Goodluck,  Senior Programs & Projects Specialist
ext. 6821

Policy Section

Roselyn Begay,  Senior Programs & Projects Specialist
ext. 6873

Financial Management Section

Brenda Tsosie,  Principal Accountant
ext. 6638

Information Technology Section

Natanya Keedah,  Senior Programs & Projects Specialist
ext. 6972
(DFS) - Department of Family Services
PO Box 704
Window Rock
AZ 86515

 (928) 871-6851
 (928) 871-7372
 DFS Directory

The DFS provides specialized services to children, adult and elderly who are experiencing abuse, neglect or crisis, and to help maintain healthy and stable families on the Navajo Nation.

 DFS Fact Sheet

(DCCD) - Department of Child Care Development
PO Box 2425
Window Rock
AZ 86515

 (928) 871-6629
 (928) 871-7077
 DCCD Directory

The DCCD provides affordable and quality child care services for income eligible parents who are working, participating in job training, or an education program.

 DCCD Fact Sheet

(DSR) - Department for Self Reliance
PO Box 2279
Window Rock
AZ 86515

 (928) 810-8592
 (928) 810-8557
 DSR Contact Page

The DSR utilizes the Navajo concept and teachings of T’áá hwó ájít’éego to provide financial assistance and supportive services to eligible families with minor children through the  Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

 DSR Fact Sheet

(NTCCF) - Navajo Treatment Center for Children & Their Families Program
PO Box 1967
Window Rock
AZ 86515

 (928) 871-7679
 (928) 871-6176
 NTCCF Directory

Provides Outpatient Counseling and other mental health services to children, ages 4 to 17 years of age. Outpatient Counseling and aftercare services are offered to couples, groups, and families by referral only.

 NTCCF Fact Sheet

(DD) - Developmental Disabilities Program
PO Box 4739
Window Rock
AZ 86515

 DD Directory

Provides comprehensive case management to ensure medically necessary services are delivered timely to Medicaid eligible members that include the aged, blind, and/or physically and developmentally disabled.

 DD Fact Sheet

(NICWA) - Navajo Indian Child Welfare Act Program
PO Box 1930
Window Rock
AZ 86515

 (928) 871-6806
 (928) 871-7667
 NICWA Directory

Preserves and reunites Navajo children with their parents, next of kin, or another Native American family. Provides ongoing, quality case management services to Navajo children who are domiciled off the Navajo Nation, and are subject to out of home care.

 NICWA Fact Sheet

(NFAS) - Navajo Family Assistance Services Program
PO BOX 2547
Window Rock
AZ 86515

 (928) 871-6851
 (928) 871-7372
 NFAS Directory

The NFAS provides financial assistance to eligible individuals and households.


 NFAS Fact Sheet



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