Navajo businesswoman manages and owns a restaurant, laundromat, and gas station

April 27, 2017

JoDonna Ward’s life changed 11 years ago when her trailblazing mom passed away and left the future of the family business uncertain because no one else could take it over. Despite having no clue how to run the business or any entrepreneurial experience, she quit her city job and returned to the small, remote town of Kayenta, Arizona – Gateway to Monument Valley. In this episode she shares her story, struggles, and determination to stick it out and manage 27 employees. (40 mins)

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Musician and Model: Lisa Muswagon

April 27, 2017

"The most important gift my dad gave me...was my hand drum. I was told you need to understand your needs and wants. Culture identifies who you are, without our culture who do we identify with?"

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CEO and Founder of Rezilience: Warren Montoya

April 26, 2017

"I try to practice strong values from my culture. The stronger we are with our connection to our identity then we are strong in our mind, body and spirit. We should not have to quantify our Indianness. Our language tells us a lot about where we come from."

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Native Rapper: Christopher Mike-Bidtah aka Def I

April 25, 2017

"Recently helped raise $1.8 million for Standing Rock. I got into rapping through poetry and hip-hop. A key to my success is I don’t DRINK. Not too many Dine get the opportunity I have and I am thankful."

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GloJean Todacheenie: Retired educator shares her insights on leadership, education, and politics

April 24, 2017

"Who me?!! Who me??" Retired Navajo educator GloJean Todacheenie remembers saying to herself, over 55 years ago when her classmates asked her to run for freshman class president. She won her first race and many more over the decades that followed. In this podcast, she talks about her insights into education and leadership. She also talks about her defeat in a bitter campaign for a seat on the New Mexico state legislature. (50 mins)

(Photo credit: Democratic State Legislative Campaign Committee)

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Semi Pro: Shaun Pettigrew

April 22, 2017

"I used to be overweight and I drank a lot. I had a complete life style change. I quit a race and the rest of the week I asked myself why did I quit. If you have a bad day you learn from it. I set goals by trying to improve my times from the previous year."

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Al Henderson: a Navajo with an economics background

April 21, 2017

   Al Henderson believes “It’s time for young people to take over.” Henderson may be the only Navajo with a master’s degree in economics. When he is not teaching economics and management courses at the University of New Mexico Gallup (N.M.) branch where he holds the title of Lecturer, he spends time helping other tribal members get into business and advocating on their behalf.

   Henderson believes that the way to get young people involved is too: “ Give them hope and a role,” he said. “You do that by setting up a situation where they have a vested interested. Vested interest to participate and there would be a reward at the end. At this point, the people who have a vested interest are the people who have leases across the reservation.”

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Actor and Model: Jon Riggs

April 20, 2017

"I use modeling and acting as a tool to help my people. I’m more of a giver than I am a taker. The inspiring words from my people energizes me. Adam Beach kept telling me keep going. You are never too late to do what you want to do."

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Fashion Designer: Jolonzo Goldtooth (JG-Indie)

April 18, 2017

Jolonzo showed his collection at NYC's Fashion Week. Jolozo stated, "I get my originality from living on the reservation. I was told to stay true to myself. My clothing line is an independent brand for the independent thinker."

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2014 Navajo Presidential Vice-President nominee Dineh Benally

April 16, 2017

In 2014, Dineh Benally was tapped by former Navajo President Joe Shirley, Jr. to serve as his running mate in the contentious Navajo election. In this interview, Mr. Benally shares his thoughts on leadership, how he was molded as a leader, his inspirations, and his views on business. (46 mins) 

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