As President of the Navajo Nation San Juan River Farm Board, I collaborate with government delegates, grazing officials, and chapter officials to protect native water rights and improve the economy and livelihood of the Navajo People.

As well, I work with strategic partners, both within and outside the Navajo Nation to bring all necessary services and products for my people to benefit on both, a socio-economic and health and wellness level . 

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ABOUT >

WHO I AM

Born October 5, 1976 on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, New Mexico, I am a devoted son, husband, father, brother, businessman and politician with a proud Navajo heritage.  I am married with 4 beautiful children and have pledged my life to bringing sustainable wealth, health and prosperity to my people for generations to come.  I am a leader and visionary when it comes to looking for ways to developing industry and employment for my people and I am committed and dedicated to making the Navajo Nation great once again.

 

Clan / Family:

 

Clan-Mother - Tachii nii Red Running into the Water People

Clan-Father - To aheedliinii The Water Flows together 

Clan-Maternal Grandpa - Todich ii nii Bitter Water Clan

Clan-Paternal Grandpa - Naakai lizhin African American 

Education:

1994 - Graduated from Shiprock High School

1996 - Associate of Sciences Degree from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM

  • Received nomination appointment to West Point from State Governor Bill Richardson and Senator Pete Dominci

  • Played college baseball (Pitcher and Third base)

1999 - Bachelor of Sciences, Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University

  • Elected President of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society

  • Elected President of the United Native American Organization

  • Engineering Council Representative 

2006 - Masters of Business Administration from University of Phoenix, Albuquerque, NM

Career:

2000 -   Intel (Rio Rancho, NM)

Engineer (Manufacturing, Installation, Quality Scheduling)

 

2004 -   Navajo Generating Station (Page, AZ)

Structural Engineer, Wastewater Treatment

2004 -   New Mexico State Senator Candidate

Driven to improve State relations with the USA and improve Tribal  infrastructure.

2008 -   Bureau of Indian Affairs (Navajo Nation, Gallup, NM)

Supervisory Highway Engineer

2010 -    Bureau of Indian Affairs (Navajo Nation, ABQ, NM)

Civil Engineer & Project Manager

Managed over $440M budget in the planning and construction of schools, justice centers, fire stations, roads and community infrastructure design, implementation and support in Indian Country.

Worked closely with architects, engineers, Tribal, State and County officials, as well as utility companies in regards to planning, executing, monitoring and construction projects.

2014 -     Selected by President of Navajo Nation (Joe Shirley Jr.) candidate as his

               running mate for Vice President. 

Continued on in the political arena but although the election was lost, it inspired me to continue the work in politics where my experience & talents could be best utilized.

2017 -    Elected President of Navajo Nation San Juan River Board

Collaborate with Council Delegates, Grazing Officials, and Chapter Officials to protect native water rights and improve the economy and livelihood of the Navajo People.

Played key role in the legalizing of hemp and cannabis on the Navajo Nation fulfilling a campaign promise to bring a new environmental sustainable industry to the farming community and native people.  The legislation was intended to advance the Navajo Nation economy, promote economic development, and create additional farming opportunities with the intent to improve the standard of living and promoting health and welfare of the citizens.

2018 -    Presidential Candidate of Navajo Nation

As the first presidential candidate to endorse the legalization of hemp and cannabis in a campaign, I received fantastic feedback and encouragement but ultimately fell short at the polls. This experience continues to drive me forward as I prepare to run again in 2022 and see my vision come to fruition as I tackle issues such as healthcare, unemployment, agriculture development, home ownership, and education.  In order for us to seriously address these concerns, we need a way to fund it and sustain it long into the future.

2018 -   Established the Native American Agricultural Company (NAAC).

With a mission of forming strategic partners both within and outside of the Navajo Nation, I established this company with one goal in mind; to attract and encourage national and international businesses in the broader cannabis industry to build and develop cannabis businesses on Tribal land.  By educating the cannabis industry on the benefits of partnering with a Sovereign Nation located in a USA "Opportunity Zone", it opened a door for an emerging industry that could boost our farming and agriculture sector immensely.

WHAT I DO

Bettering the lives

of the Navajo people.

As President of the San Juan River Farm Board, I collaborate with government delegates, grazing officials, and Farm Board chapter officials to protect native water rights and improve the economy and livelihood of the Navajo People.

I work with strategic partners and investors, both within and outside the Navajo Nation to bring all necessary goods and services to the Navajo people to benefit on both, socio-economic and health and wellness levels. 

I will also continue to work towards becoming the next President of the Navajo Nation in 2022!