Another Transitional Period: 2007-2017

“Recognizing the need to strengthen the Navajo language program and Navajo linguistics, in 2006 Department Chair Sherman Wilcox began the process of proposing expansion of this program with a UNM Legislative Priority. The proposal requested funds from the New Mexico legislature to expand the program by adding a tenure-track Navajo linguist; staff support; teaching assistantships for Navajo graduate students; and programmatic support (curricula, media technology, travel funds for outreach, and so forth); and funds to reprint the Young and Morgan Navajo dictionary. The Legislative Priority received approval from the UNM administration.”

After a year, in 2007, Dr. S. Wilcox and, the current NLP director, Dr. Melvatha Chee successfully lobby at the New Mexico Legislature on behalf of NLP and the department of linguistics.