WELCOME BMWC’S 2016 ORGANIZING FELLOWS!

Lyncia BegayLyncia Begay is from Flagstaff, Arizona. She is Bįįh Bitoo’nii, born for Naakai Dine’é. Her maternal grandfather is Táchii’nii and her paternal grandfather is Tsé Deeshgiizhnii.

Her mother is originally from Tséneeshch’a (near Sand Springs) and her father is from Dził Déé’aaskani (Howell Mesa), both relocated to Flagstaff due to the impact of resource extraction. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Arizona State University and will begin pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Arizona University in fall 2016. This summer she will be further developing BMWC’s leadership development curriculum and organizing a gathering for Navajo women.

 

 

 

Kelsey CharleyKelsey Charley is from Shiprock, Navajo Nation. He is Ta’neeszahnii, born for Naakai Dine’é. His maternal grandfather is Tł’ááshchí’í. He has an Associate of Science degree in Chemistry from San Juan College and just this spring graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College! This summer Kelsey’s work will focus on educating Navajo communities about the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and just transition.

 

 

 

 
Sheldon NatoniSheldon Natoni is from Burnt Corn Valley near the community of Blue Gap, Navajo Nation. He is Hashk’aa Hadzohí, born for Tábaahá. His maternal grandfather is Tł’ááshchí’í and his paternal grandfather is ’Áshiihí. He is 19 years old and a graduate of Pinon High School. He first started working with BMWC in 2012 when he was placed in our field office through Navajo Nation Department of Workforce Development and we are excited he will be enhancing his organizing skills and practice as a member of this year’s fellowship! This summer he will continue supporting BMWC’s Restorative Economy Program, particularly the Food Sovereignty Project in Pinon.

 

 

 

Sedale TsosieSedale Tsosie is from Whippoorwill, Navajo Nation. He is Ta’neeszahnii, born for Kinyaa’áanii. His maternal grandfather is Táchii’nii and his paternal grandfather is Tódích’íi’nii. He is 20 years old and a graduate of Pinon High School. He began volunteering with BMWC in the spring of 2013 and has also worked with the Arizona Conservation Corps. This summer he will continue supporting BMWC’s Restorative Economy Program, particularly the Food Sovereignty Project in Pinon.

 

 

 

 

Martin YazzieMartin Yazzie is from Whippoorwill, Navajo Nation. He is Tódích’íi’nii, born for Ma’ii Deeshgiizhinii. His maternal grandfather is Tł’ááshchí’í and his paternal grandfather is Ta’neeszahnii. He is 20 years old with experience in carpentry and a goal of becoming a mechanic. Martin first volunteered with BMWC in 2010 and we are excited he will be enhancing his organizing skills and practice as a member of this year’s fellowship! This summer he will continue supporting BMWC’s Restorative Economy Program, particularly the Food Sovereignty Project in Pinon.

 

 

 

 

Michael YazzieMichael Yazzie is from Pinon, Navajo Nation. He is 19 years old and a graduate of Pinon High School. He began volunteering with BMWC in 2014 and has also worked with Arizona Conservation Corps and the Little Colorado River Watershed Chapter Association. This summer he will continue supporting BMWC’s Restorative Economy Program, particularly the Food Sovereignty Project in Pinon.

 

 

 

 

 

Robert YazzieRobert Yazzie is from Whippoorwill, Navajo Nation. He is Tł’ááshchí’í, born for Ma’ii Deeshgiizhinii. His maternal grandfather is Tó’áhání and his paternal grandfather is Táchii’nii. He is 18 years old, first started volunteering with BMWC in 2013 and was hired for summer employment in 2014 through Navajo Nation Department of Workforce Development. He also loves to listen to and produce music. We are excited he will be enhancing his organizing skills and practice as a member of this year’s fellowship! This summer he will continue supporting BMWC’s Restorative Economy Program, particularly the Food Sovereignty Project in Pinon.

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