All citizens of the Navajo Nation ought to be educators, activists, and communicators with big dreams to change the economic and political landscape of our Nation. I endeavor to live up to these lofty goals. As an Indigenous woman who grew up on the Navajo Nation, I’ve observed how Indigenous communities lack the power to… Continue reading Adrian’s Personal Philosophy Statement
SAVE THE DATE! Diné College will be hosting a 2-day Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives (MMDR) forum at their Shiprock campus at the end of the month - June 27th & 28th. Registration is FREE at: http://bit.ly/2KqYvK4 The forum will introduce community organizers & contributors working together to develop a data institute to address our Missing… Continue reading Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives Forum
This week, Arizona Public Media published a video segment on Change Makers, native entrepreneurs on the Navajo Nation; and #TeamYKD's contributions to Change Labs, the #IamTheNavajoEconomy campaign, and the Native American Business Incubator Network's cohort of entrepreneurs were included. The majority of the photos shown in the segment were taken by Adrian herself, which is… Continue reading Change Makers: Native entrepreneurs on the Navajo Nation
I am so inspired by the new direction the Navajo Nation is taking. Our new administration under President Nez has reached out to, and brought in, individuals who are smart, motivated, and have a deep love of our people & our homeland. And, when you have a love for your people, it shows in the… Continue reading Towards Rebuilding the Navajo Economy
#TeamYKD ventured to Cartagena de Indias in Colombia to present at the 2019 Business History Conference this month. It was an AMAZING experience! The conference was held in El Laguito at the Hilton, and there we met some of the great up-and-coming minds from around the world. Our contribution was to the Business and Indigenous… Continue reading Breaking Dependency: Economic Innovation and the Future of the Navajo Economy
Two years ago, we decided to join the Water Protectors at Oceti Sakowin to fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. For months, we had seen the battle unfold over social media, and our hearts were being pulled to North Dakota as we watched our relatives grow the #NoDAPL movement from one tribe,… Continue reading #TeamYKD goes to Standing Rock
There are about 16,000 homes on the Navajo Nation that lack electricity. Many of these homes use kerosene lanterns, gas lanterns, candles and gas generators for lighting, all of which are fire hazards and contribute to indoor air pollution. YKD's mission is to light up homes across the Navajo Nation, using solar technology! This year… Continue reading We installed 52 solar light kits in 52 homes on the Navajo Nation!