Lók'aa'ch'egai (Lukachukai) Chapter

(English translation: Reed streaking out white)

Navajo Nation District # 11

BIA Navajo Region Chinle Agency

Apache County District # 1 

Lók'aa'ch'egai (Lukachukai) Chapter

(reed streaking out white) – Chinle Agency

Pursuant to the Navajo Nation Council Resolution No. CJ-20-1955,

Lukachukai Chapter is vested with authority and charged with the responsibility to promote, protect and preserve

the interest and general welfare, including the health and safety of its community people.

Lukachukai became a Chapter of the Navajo Nation on November 14, 1955

“Lukachukai is more than just a name on a map;

it’s a haven for everyone who lives here.”  

Long ago, the rivers coming from the Buffalo Pass Gorge and Totsoh (Big Water) Gorge of the Lukachukai-Chuska Mountain range, flowed into a large lake right where our community is now. And every spring, on the east shore of that lake, against the mountain as far as the eye could see, grew a plant known as reed (lok’aa’) similar to that of corn. The reed grew in abundance and during the fall seasons, all-at-once the reed stalks turned to its autumn foliage of yellow-white. From a distance away, the colors of the autumn foliage along the mountain’s base, displayed a white streak that extended out of the Buffalo Pass gorge, along with the east lakeshore and against the mountain (ch’ee gai), thus the name our community was born, Lok’aa ch’eegai OR Lukachukai.

Though the lake and the plant no longer exist here, the rivers, mountains and valleys remain. And throughout the generations hence, many families, livestock, and wildlife have settled here and call it our hometown. 

Home is where the heart is and our hometown of Lukachukai always has our heart. It is the place to which we belong. The place which gives us our identity and of course solace which we should be proud of.

Business HOURS: Monday  –  Friday  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM  

On July 14, 2020, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, and officials with IHS finalized a Memorandum of Agreement to allocate over $5 million appropriated by IHS from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding is being used to increase water in the Navajo Nation.

Stop by the Chapter for safe drinking water today. 

Lukachukai is located near the foothills of the Lukachukai Mountain. The Lukachukai Mountain connects with the Chuska Mountains and stretches approximately 60 miles straddling the Arizona and New Mexico state line. Roof Butte at an elevation of 9,835 feet above sea level is the high point of the Lukachukai Mountain range.  

Lukachukai chapter was built in 1965. The settlement and development of Lukachukai were dependent on the abundant water supply and excellent farmland. In the early 1950s, the Lukachukai community held its first rodeo and since has been an annual event.  The Navajo Route 13 over Lukachukai Mountain through Buffalo Pass was paved in 1991. The senior citizen center was fully constructed in 1993. The community rodeo arena underwent renovation in 1996.