Navajo & Hopi Resiliency Fund

Yee Ha’ólníi Doo is an all-indigenous women-led grassroots, community-based organization that was born out of a volunteer response to the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to the Navajo and Hopi people in March 2020. We transitioned from an all-volunteer mutual aid effort to a Utah state-based nonprofit in order to more formally pursue our mission. We seek to build collective Diné and Hopi power to exercise our inherent rights to self-determination by putting our cultural values and teachings into practice to rebuild our communities into distinctly Diné and Hopi societies. Nonprofit Legal Services of Utah d/b/a Nonprofit Fiscal Services is our 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.

Yee Ha’ólníi Doo's primary goal is to ensure the survivability of our people. We seek to fulfill this goal by ensuring reliable access to healthy food, bolstering the mental and emotional strength of our people , and supporting the creation of better, more human-centered systems that enable all in our communities to thrive. 

Through our Navajo & Hopi Resiliency Fund, we seek seed money to develop Community Centers in our Navajo and Hopi communities. As seen through our inaugural community center in Monument Valley, these innovation hubs will foster the social and small business entrepreneurship that has always existed in our communities but has long lacked adequate support and resources to flourish. 

Our Community Centers will infuse local communities with tools and programming designed to advance food security, incubate small business and social entrepreneurship, foster youth leadership, and strengthen the community’s traditional knowledge and fluency in our traditional languages. Through our Community Centers we hope to continue the beautiful movement that began with the incredible volunteer leaders who valiantly stepped forward to help protect our communities from COVID. We hope to continue this emergence and rise of these local changemakers and problem solvers. 

Our Centers will include the following features to advance these purposes: a business center, shared co-working space, a conference room, a package locker system, a classroom, a library, a cafe with internet access, a vendor space with a farmers market component, and a community garden. Our classroom will feature programming like language and culture-based activities; leadership development; training in personal financial literacy and small business planning; gardening, canning, and other training to advance local food security; and outdoor activities that reconnect our youth to our land, our languages, and our cultures. Our library will cater primarily to the needs of children and youth and feature Native-authored books. This will help advance our goal of reinforcing with our youth that our language and culture have value and strength. Our community garden will be a space where we can teach families how to sustainably grow their own fruits and vegetables. Our goal will be to migrate families from the community garden to their own home garden in order to increase food security in the local community.

Please join us in making our Navajo and Hopi communities pandemic-proof and climate change resilient for the long term by making a donation towards the funding and development of our Community Centers!

This campaign is not associated with the Navajo Nation government or the Hopi Tribe.  Instead, this fundraiser is an initiative of Yee Ha'oolniidoo, a grassroots, indigenous-led, nonprofit organization. 
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Fundraising team (5)

Ethel Branch 
Organizer
Raised $1,595 from 13 donations
Flagstaff, AZ
Nonprofit Legal Services of Utah 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
Cassandra Begay 
Team member
Raised $3,088 from 7 donations
Mihio Manus 
Team member
Raised $756 from 13 donations
Shandiin Herrera 
Team member
Raised $345 from 6 donations
Theresa Hatathlie 
Team member

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