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The Navajo Nation Healthy Diné Nation Act: A Two Percent Tax on Foods of Minimal-to-No Nutritious Value, 2015–2019


Figure 1.

Navajo Nation Healthy Diné Nation Act tax revenue on foods of minimal-to-no nutritious value by quarter, 2015–2019. The chart shows revenue by quarter for each fiscal year. Data range from the final quarter of 2015 through the final quarter of 2019. Revenue was the lowest in the first quarter of collections with just over $334,000, and the highest in the second quarter of 2016 with $533,417.

Year Total
Quarter 4 334,084
Quarter 1 473,851
Quarter 2 533,417
Quarter 3 414,613
Quarter 4 465,442
Quarter 1 477,930
Quarter 2 426,500
Quarter 3 424,618
Quarter 4 498,963
Quarter 1 531,225
Quarter 2 378,052
Quarter 3 454,448
Quarter 4 442,412
Quarter 1 442,696
Quarter 2 396,370
Quarter 3 410,912
Quarter 4 472,386

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The map of the Navajo Nation outlines the 110 local communities that received revenues from the 2% tax on foods of minimal-to-no nutritious value. The nation is surrounded largely by national forests. The data highlight substantial variability across the Navajo Nation in total funds disbursed, from $5,959 to $147,438, which is largely commensurate with population size and areas where tax funds were collected. The Western and Central agencies of the Navajo Nation received considerably more funds than the Eastern agency.

Figure 2.

Map of Navajo Nation administrative boundaries shows funds disbursed from the Navajo Nation Healthy Diné Nation Act tax on foods of minimal-to-no nutritious value to each Navajo Nation community, 2016–2019 (11,12). Sources: Administrative boundary data from the Navajo Abandoned Uranium Mines project. The map includes Agencies, Districts, Chapters, and Abandoned Uranium Mine Regions of the Navajo Nation. Outlying areas are compiled from several data providers, including the US Geological Survey, US Environmental Protection Agency, US National Park Service, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Department of Natural Resources Canada, Geo Base, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Garmin, HERE, Esri, OpenStreetMap contributors, and the GIS User Community. For more information on this map, visit http://goto.arcgisonline.com/maps/World_Topo_Map.

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