Upper Fruitland, located upon the Navajo Nation, is primarily an agrarian community with about 145 farm plots or 1,338 acres of farming lands, situated along the southern side of the San Juan River, located 8 miles southwest of Farmington, San Juan County, New Mexico.
Traditional name: Doo'alk'aii, "...which roughly translated, can mean ether a place where animals do not get fat, or the condition where there is no fat on the animals." Several stories exist concerning the original of the name, one story goes like this:
"Once, many years ago, there was a long drought. In the spring of the third year of this drought, the people came upon some cattle wandering around on their land. The people were starving and so they chased the cattle into a narrow box canyon where they killed several of the animals. Unfortunately, the drought had had its effect on the animals too, and they were extremely lean - there was no fat on them. From that time on, the entire valley has been called Doo'alk'aii, or literally, No-fat valley." - Irvin Morris; Nov 20, 1982, UFC profile
The Chapter grounds has the following facilities: a Chapter house (meeting) with Veterans addition, Senior Center (meals provided or other controlled activities held during weekdays), Walter Collins Center (multi-use facility, including gymnasium), Fairgrounds (Rodeo grounds, Horse race track & a Softball field) is about ¼ mile north of mile marker 22.5 on Navajo route 36.
Upper Fruitland Chapter became a Navajo Nation Local Governance Act (LGA) certified chapter as of February 28, 2012, providing the Chapter with a quasi-autonomous Navajo Nation governmental status, still dependent upon the Navajo Nation for operational and other funding. In accordance with 2010 Census data, the community is made up of 2,751 inhabitants, and according to Chapter voter registrars there are +/- 2,000 registered voting members who are invited to the Chapter house at least once a month to discuss local issues.
Community members volunteer their personal time to participate in the following committees, which require ratification with Chapter resolutions: Scholarship Committee and Fairgrounds Committee. Committee members who received meeting stipend for their functions are either on the Chapter Planning Committee, or Community Land Use Planning Committee (CLUP-C).