Navajo Technical University

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Navajo Technical University
TypeTechnical college
Established1979 (1979)
PresidentDr. Elmer Guy
DeanDr. Casmir Agbaraji
Location, ,
United States
CampusUrban/suburban reserve

Navajo Technical University (NTU) is a public tribally-controlled university in Crownpoint, New Mexico, United States, with sites in the towns of Chinle, Arizona and Teec Nos Pos, Arizona. NTU is the largest tribal college in the country, and is a 1994 land grant university. It has been regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 2005.[1] NTU is home to the first accredited veterinary technician program on an Indian reservation.


Navajo Technical University was chartered by the Navajo Nation in 1979 as the Navajo Skill Center and sought to meet the needs of its unemployed population. After expanding the school's mission, the Center was renamed Crownpoint Institute of Technology in 1985. The college was designated a land grant college in 1994, and in 2006, the Navajo Nation Council approved changing its name to Navajo Technical College. The institution's name was changed once more in 2013 to its current name, Navajo Technical University.[2]


NTU provides support services including:

  • student and faculty housing (Crownpoint site only)
  • a childcare center
  • computer technologies
  • comprehensive library services[3]


NTU offers a variety of academic programs, including certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degree, and a Master of Arts degree in Diné Studies.[3]


NTU is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), a community of tribally and federally chartered institutions. NTU was created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians. It generally serves geographically isolated populations that have no other means of accessing education beyond the high school level.[3]


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Coordinates: 35°41′14.6″N 108°8′51.0″W / 35.687389°N 108.147500°W / 35.687389; -108.147500