Michael’s Reactions to the MMDR Forum

In the weeks leading up to the MMDR Forum, I had a lot of time to think about what we meant to accomplish. I imagined myself in a ceremonial setting . . . sitting in a Hogan, as a patient… the Hataałii looking over at me and asking gruffly, “What do you want”? It sounds…

Adrian’s Personal Philosophy Statement

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…

Towards Rebuilding the Navajo Economy

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…

#TeamYKD goes to Standing Rock

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,…

The new arm of Yahuaca Knowledge Distribution: YKD Solar

In a previous life, our E.D. co-founded the Navajo Women’s Energy Project (NWEP), and helped create a framework, with Professor Beth Osnes that gives female voices a place in the predominately male arena of energy, science and technology.  The work was published in the RIDE journal (Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre…

Celebrating our 1 Year Anniversary <3

  It began with a bright idea, a spark between two creative souls, and an innate drive to do something meaningful. We were on a dark, desolate road in New Mexico driving toward our future. The goal was simple – to regain our voice as indigenous people, reset the agenda, and put Native people in…

Dineh Chamber of Commerce

#TeamYKD is proud to announce we are now members of the Dineh Chamber of Commerce! On July 22, 2017, Adrian and Mike attended the Dineh Chamber of Commerce Meet, Greet and Network event at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, capital of the Navajo Nation. We were having a slightly rough morning but the…

We have an official LOGO!!

YKD was fortunate to be a part of ‘Create + Elevate II’, a 2-day NABIN marketing workshop designed to support entrepreneurs and small businesses. The event was held at the 2017 Navajo Nation Economic Summit at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino and Resort. Our team was partnered with graphic designer, Tyson Powless of Un3ek Sy5tem, and he…

The YKD Creation Account

Why did we choose to do more than survive? We recognized the problem of ‘agenda setting’ very early in our lives, but only recently found the courage to attempt to do something about it. Our interest truly took form in February 2016, when we lamented the fact that many of our peers seemed unwilling, or…