Mexican Water Chapter


The life a Mexican who was passing through the area and stopping for a rest and a drink of water under a shady tree before continuing on his way. In this
narrative, the Mexican was involved in local battles with Spanish explorers of earlier time. In the third accounting of events of the times, the story speaks to how Mexicans traveled from Bluff to Chinle on burros. As they traveled, the burros needed water so the Mexicans watered their burrow at a pool of water located near what is now the Baptist Church. The local Navajos referred to these travelers as Nakai to hi ye nili (Mexican’s take out water). These three rich stores provide some insight as to the origins of this community and its name.

Regardless of the originals of its name, the Navajo community began to flourish again as members reestablished themselves in this “Mexican water” area. In particular, three traders, “Bear Rolled Up,” “Tail Squashed,” and later Don Reeves, moved in and ran a trading post.
In addition, Lester White was an interpreter, and Lee Robert James was one of the first Council Delegates to
represent the area. Today, the community cherishes its past and is still very traditional.



Rescheduled September 14, 2023 at 4:00pm

October 16, 2023 at 4:00 PM

*updated* November 3, 2023 at 1:00 PM

December 4, 2023 at 4:00 PM

Chapter Officials




September 5, 2023 at 4:00 PM

October 13, 2023 at 4:00 PM

November 1, 2023 at 1:00 PM

December 1, 2023 at 3:00 PM

Chapter Administration Staff 


Phoebe C. Begay, Sr. Accountant

Chapter officials 

Martha Saggboy, Chapter President

Cassandra Beletso, Chapter Vice- President

Clifford L. Sagg, Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Christopher Haskan, Grazing Committee Representative

Curtis Yanito, Council Delegate