COVID-19 Chit-Chat w/ Team YKD

Amid Novel Coronavirus concerns, restrictions, lock-downs and quarantine – we’re now facing a time of uncertainty. As the Navajo Nation braces itself for widespread change, we’re looking for ways to remain true to our mission, to be helpful, to spread hope (not fear), and to maintain our commitments to our community.  When we formed YKD,…

Stop imagining the apocalypse & start imagining the revolution

Due to the COVID-19 precautions enacted this week, Yahuaca Knowledge Distribution, LLC may need to re-structure it’s business model to accommodate the shifting economic landscape. However, our mission will remain the same & we will continue to support & empower our indigenous people. The menu of services we provide will pivot to meet the current…

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…

Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives Initiative

#TeamYKD has always, and will always, support the cause to protect indigenous people from exploitation, misrepresentation, under representation, and extinction. The current state of affairs has placed us at the center of an epidemic that has resulted in countless individuals being kidnapped and/or murdered. Too many of our relatives have been lost and we’re making…

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…

#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,…