Serving the Navajo Nation

navajo division of social services

Meet the Director

Terrelene G. Massey, Esquire


Terrelene Gene Massey is originally from Pinon, Arizona. Her maternal clan is the Tangle clan, her paternal clan is the Towering House, her maternal grandfathers are Rock Gap Clan, and her paternal grandfather is Bitter Water Clan. 

Ms. Massey holds a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Indian Law from the University of New Mexico School of Law, a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a BS in Political Science from Arizona State University.

Ms. Massey was appointed by the Begaye/Nez Administration to serve as the Director of the Navajo Nation Social Services Division in May 2015. Prior to her appointment, she was employed as an attorney at Johnson Barnhouse & Keegan, LLP, in Albuquerque. She also served as a staff attorney at New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc., where she provided legal services to low income clients regarding federal Indian law, family law, and tribal law matters.

Prior to law school, Ms. Massey worked as the Tribal Liaison for the New Mexico Human Services Department where she managed and oversaw tribal consultation projects impacting Native American health and human services programs. She also worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department where she served as lead staff for health, behavioral health, Indian education, and public safety issues, and conducted analysis of state and federal policies impacting Native Americans for legislative committees and the Governor’s office. Ms. Massey also served as the Associate Director of Honoring Nations at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, Harvard University, where she co-authored reports and case studies evaluating tribal sovereignty programs and governmental best practices.


Executive Duty


The Executive Director, through the Executive Administration office, shall ensure that social (human) services are provided and are consistent with professional social work ethics, values, and in accordance with Navajo cultural values and traditions. The Executive Director shall also ensure that the services provided would help to reduce and alleviate hardship and have the ultimate purpose of contributing to Navajo self-sufficiency. The Executive Director shall also serve as an advocate for clients, special target groups and develop social services priorities, needs and/or issues.


Emergency Numbers


Navajo Nation Police Department

(928) 871-6111

(928) 871-6113

SFP Crisis Line

(505) 368-1157

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


1 (800) 273-8255 (TALK)


Report Child Abuse or Neglect


Call #7233 Cell Phone



NDSS Executive



Adminstration Building 2


Window Rock AZ

P. (928) 871-6851

F. (928) 871-7372


Ndss - programs


Child Care Development Fund

P. (928) 871-6629

Developmental Disabilities

P. (928) 871-8067

Dept. of Family Services

P. (928) 871-6556

Navajo Children & Family Services

P. (928) 871-6806

Dept. For Self Reliance

P. (928) 810-8553

Navajo School Clothing Program

P. (928) 871-7509

Navajo Treatment Center for Children & Their Families

P. (928) 871-7679

Strengthening Families Program

P. (928) 871-7629