DNA is an acronym for the Navajo phrase Diné be’iiná Náhiiłna be Agha’diit’ahii which means “attorneys who work for the economic revitalization of The People”.
DNA-People’s Legal Services is a non-profit law firm committed to providing high quality legal services to persons living in poverty on the Navajo, Hopi and Jicarilla Apache Reservations, and in parts of Northern Arizona, Northwest New Mexico, and Southern Utah. DNA’s main office, as well as DNA’s Fort Defiance branch office, are located in Window Rock, Arizona. DNA also has branch offices in Chinle, Arizona, Tuba City, Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona, on the Hopi BIA judicial compound near Keams Canyon, Arizona, and Farmington, New Mexico.
We provide legal assistance, advice and representation in U.S. and tribal courts, promotes tribal sovereignty, and offer community education programs that promote greater understanding of the law. Since 1967, DNA’s services have helped people living in poverty use existing policies and laws to protect their property and assets, stay safe from physical, mental and financial abuse, avoid exploitation and safeguard their civil rights.
- We provide direct legal assistance to near 4,00 people annually.
- Our legal help directly benefits an additional 12,000 people annual.
- Clients secure financial savings and compensation that surpassess $3.3 millon per year.
- DNA generally helps people with income below 125% of the federal poverty level.
- Because of limited resources, we turn away one of every two people who seek our help.
With DNA’s help, families:
- Escape abuse, secure financial assistance and establish lives independent from their abusers.
- Secure or preserve public benefits such as SSI/SSDI that pay for food and shelter.
- Protect assets and income from consumer fraud, scams and unfair business practices.
- Protect / Secure adequate healthcare & housing.
- Protect their rights as workers & basic civil rights.
- Ensure children’s education needs.
- Resolve IRS tax controversies.