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Navajo First Junk Food Tax-Brian Castellani |

Some hope the move will help reduce the tribe’s skyrocketing rates of diabetes and heart disease.

Navajo Nation Will Be The First To Tax Junk Food

Next month, after three years of legislative tug-of-war, the Navajo Nation will become the first place in the United States to impose a tax on junk food. The Healthy Diné Nation Act of 2014, signed into law by Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly last November, mandates a 2 percent sales tax on pastries, chips, soda, desserts, fried foods, sweetened beverages, and other products with “minimal-to-no-nutritional value” sold within the borders of the nation’s largest reservation.