Feral Horses: Adaptation Plan - Goals and Adaptation Strategies


These are the goals and adaptation strategies demanded through the community workshops used to develop the Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Navajo Nation.


Improve the Navajo Nation’s Ability to Effectively Enforce Livestock Management Regulations


Enforcing all rules and regulations for livestock management would include making ownership of studs illegal and using artificial insemination as an alternative, refer to Title III – Chapter 7. There are rules and regulations in effect right now, however modifications need to put into effect today. There needs to be a well-established communication network with livestock rangers because citations are not enforced and there is no support from them for Grazing Officials whom write up the non-compliant citations. One of the main priorities that the Navajo Nation needs, is the creation of resolutions to support round-ups of unbranded horses on the Navajo Nation. This could be easier resource and a development committee.


To address the need for an informed Navajo Nation citizenry by developing livestock management education programs to inform communities about the need for sustainable management, environmental impacts by unmanaged horses, and introduce curriculum programs to elementary schools.


Establishing a Cattlemen’s Association to create a plan of operations and conservation plan. Continuing to educate permittees at meetings and when a permit is being issued to a new holder. This is in the job description of the community leaders. Prohibit fractionizing permits which currently two people are needed per fraction to stop a family dispute. Revisit codes from the CFR, State Codes, and Water Codes. Overall, reorganize.


Improve the interest in Navajo horse adoption programs by forming effective partnerships and conducting outreach.


Providing copies of an indefinite Horse Management Plan (HMP), which chapters support, to officials including the drafted resolution. Orchestrating voluntary horse round-ups in sections and regions. Provide unified training for all officials to ensure consistency. Strategize with livestock rangers to designate pick-up locations of feral livestock. Allocate funds at the chapter level and create new accounts solely for the officials.