Missing & Murdered Diné Relatives – Reactions to the 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…

Change Makers: Native entrepreneurs on the Navajo Nation

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…

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…