Navajo Nation to improve 911 services

911 calls, Navajo Nation

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The president of the Navajo Nation is promising its residents much needed access to 911 services.

President Ben Shelly has issued an executive order creating the backbone for enhanced 911 services throughout the Navajo Nation.

More than 175,000 people live on the reservation, but 60 percent lack landlines.

Navajo Nation officials say the biggest stumbling block for the initiative has been that there is no call center in the tribe that answers 911 calls.

Officials say now each area will create those facilities for their residents. The hope is to have service available for all areas on the Navajo Nation by September. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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