Ma''ii teehitlizhi

Coyote Fell In The Watering Hole

The Home of Chief Manuelito

Our Story

Upon returning from the “Long Walk” 1868, or the Navajo imprisonment in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, Chief Manuelito took residence in the northeastern part of the Chapter area and lived there the rest of his life. The place is named after him as a reminder of the Great Chief. Chief Manuelito is buried within his homestead.

Coyote Canyon is rural and isolated from other improved communities. The terrain is mostly rolling hills, open dry flatlands, and rocky canyons. It is semi-arid with elevations ranging from the 5,000 plus to above the 6,000 feet levels. The climate is mild with plenty of wind during the spring and early summer. There are a variety of forage for the livestock and little precipitation.

The first chapter house was built about 1930. The first Council Delegates were the late Charles Damon and Billy Duncan. The Trading Post was established about 1900. Programmatic health and Social Services were started between 1950 and 1980. The first housing units under the Navajo Housing Authority were built in the early 1980’s. Twenty-five mutual help units were constructed by 1990, making a total of 665 units. Then, Council Delegate Ben Muskett worked diligently to bring electrical services to a great part of the residents during the late 70’s.

Presently, the chapter is addressing community needs with waterline, powerline, housing, roads and other infrastructure. There are other services available for the chapter residents, including the Senior Center, Community Health Representative, Adult In-home Care, and Headstart. The Chapter coordinates other services for vaccination, general assistance, temporary employment, youth employment, residents organizaiton, Native American Church, Veteran Association, and others.

Mission Statement

“Servicing the Community Needs of the Coyote Canyon Chapter.”

Chapter Map

Chapter Gallery

Coyote Canyon Chapter is now fully open to the public. All Planning meetings and Regular Chapter Meetings will be IN-PERSON. All Chapter meeting guidelines requires a quarum of 25 community members to hold a meeting. If there are further questions or concerns please contact the Chapter.

Chapter Officials

Sherylene Yazzie, Chapter President

Evelyn Morris, Vice-President

Sharon Warren, Secretary/Treasurer

Isaiah Tsosie, Grazing Official

Nathan Notah, Council Delegate

Ansley Curley, LDA

Chapter Administration

Vacant, CSC

Vacant, Accounts Maintenance Specialist

Nortina Becenti, Office Assistant – PEP

VACANT, Office Assistant – PEP

James Lee, Jr., Lead Maintenance – PEP

Blair Mariano, Maintenance – PEP

Vacant, Heavy Equipment Operator

CLUP Committee

Chavez John, President

Dianna Yazzie-Nez, Vice President.

Laura Ike, Secretary

Grace Silversmith, Member

Leroy Beyal, Member