Wendy S. Greyeyes
Wendy S. Greyeyes, Ph.D (Navajo). Tódích’íinii nishłí, tódích’íinii báshshíshchíín, tł’ízíłani dashicheii, tó’ahání dashinálí. Tódínéeshzhee’ déé’ naashá.
I am an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico and I work as a research consultant with the Department of Diné Education. I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and B.A. in Native American Studies from Stanford University. I am a graduate of Navajo Preparatory School. My research is focused on political sociology, organizational analysis, Indigenous education, tribal sovereignty, and Nation Building. I have served on the board since 2010.
Colin Ben is Taábąąhá (Water’s Edge Clan), born for Táchii’nii (Red-Running-Into-The-Water Clan). His maternal grandfather is Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan) and paternal grandfather is Áshįįhí (Salt People). He was born and raised in Shiprock, NM. Colin graduated from Shiprock High School, earned his B.A. degree in Southwest Studies (concentration in Native American Studies) from Fort Lewis College and M.A. degree in American Indian Studies (concentration in American Indian education) from the University of Arizona. Colin earned his Ph.D. degree in the Educational Leadership and Policy program from the University of Utah. His research focuses on the intersection of access for underrepresented students in higher education, persistence, and higher education policy. Colin has over 12 years of experience in higher education as a researcher, administrator and educator. For the 2018-19 academic year, he is completing a Postdoctoral Research Scholar co-appointment in the School of Social Transformation and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.
Lloyd l. Lee
Lloyd L. Lee is a citizen of the Navajo Nation. He is Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House) born for Tl’aaschi’i (Red Cheek). His maternal grandfather's clan is Áshiihí (Salt) and his paternal grandfather's clan is Tábaahá (Water's Edge). He is an Associate Professor of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico and is currently a Council member of the American Indian Studies Association. He is the author of Diné Masculinities: Conceptualizations and Reflections (2013), co-authored Native Americans and the University of New Mexico (2017), edited Diné Perspectives: Reclaiming and Revitalizing Navajo Thought (2014), and edited Navajo Sovereignty: Understandings and Visions of the Diné People (2017). His research focuses on American Indian identity, masculinities, leadership, philosophies, and community building.
Yá’ át’ ééh. Shi Davina Morris yiníshé. Todich’ii’nii nishli. Naakaii bashishchiin. Tsi’naajinii dashicheii. Naakaii dashinali. My family is originally from Manuelito, NM but I was raised in Santa Ana, CA. My grandparents moved to Southern California at the tail end of the relocation era, making me second-generation urban Navajo. The journey for me to return home and to cultural teachings brought me back to the Navajo reservation to attend Diné College where I earned an associate degree in Navajo & Indian Studies. I then attended Northern Arizona University and earned a B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Public Agency Service. I continued my education earning a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in June of 2018. I recently completed licensure and became a Licensed Master Social Worker. I’ll work over the next few years to complete the requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Recently, I accepted a Social Worker position at Tséhootsooí Medical Center. This is an exciting time for me to bring my experiences and knowledge to contribute to the Diné Studies Conference Inc. Board.
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Homer Hubbell is CEO of Hubbell Properties. He graduated Suma Cum Laude in the Psychology Honors Department in May 2015 from the University of New Mexico (UNM) with a minor in English. Homer's undergraduate research thesis was on retention of Native American students at UNM. He also served on the Foundations of Excellence (FoE) Task Force established by UNM President Robert Frank. Within this Taskforce, he is an active member of The Roles and Purposes committee responsible for reviewing and recommending solutions pertaining to UNM Freshman retention. Homer served as the President and Academic committee chairperson of Beta Sigma Epsilon a multicultural Greek fraternity at UNM. In these positions he provided guidance to maintain membership GPA standards and support for graduation. He has served as Public Relations officer for KIVA Club. Homer is a 2013 Robert E. McNair scholar and is a 2013 Udall Foundation scholar.
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Sam Slater is Kiiyaa’áanii nilí and Naayiizi Dine’é yischiin from Round Rock, Arizona. He is a graduate of the Navajo Cultural Arts Program at Diné College, where he began to silversmith and make moccasins. Sam is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree through the joint program between Columbia University and List College, where he is majoring in Native American studies and education. Sam loves to teach moccasin making and has a special passion for cultural arts education and developing intergenerational learning opportunities throughout his various communities. For Sam, Diné arts are a powerful form of connection, especially in guiding back the possibilities of scholarly work within Diné education and communities.
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Honorable Nathaniel Brown (Navajo). Mr. Brown is a tribal council delegate for the 23rd Navajo Nation Council. He represents the community of Chilchinbeto, Kayenta, and Dennehotso. He is a member of the Health, Education & Human Services Committee, Sexual Assault Prevention Subcommittee, Arizona Human Trafficking Council, United Nations representative for the Navajo Nation. He recently passed law against human trafficking on the Navajo Nation.
Honorable Brown is an advocate for youth and elders. He has worked with many tribal communities and lobbied for tribal priorities in the areas of health, education, and human services. For more information on his sponsored legislation, visit the Navajo Nation Tribal Council legislation website at www.navajonationcouncil.org.
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Yá’át’ééh! Elfreda Harvey yíníshyé, Táchii’nii nishłį́, Mą'ii deeshgiizhinii bá shíshchíín, Bit’ahnii dashicheii, dóó Tótsohnii dashinálí. Tséníkání dee’ naashá. I am a faculty member at San Juan College teaching English and Student Success courses. I completed my B.A. degree in University Studies (concentrations were Psychology and Social Work) and my M.A. degree in Education Leadership and Organizational Learning at the University of New Mexico. I am pursing a Ph.D. in Education Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education and Administration at New Mexico State University. I am a graduate of Chinle High School. I have worked in K-12 and higher education for over 20 years. My years of experience serving on various committees, developing organizational partnership(s), while continuing to be a strong advocate for student learning and leadership building, are attributes that I value. My research interest involves Native American student sense of belonging and identity in higher education.
Triston B. Black
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Kinyaa’anii nishłí. Tódích’íinii báshshíshchíín. Bit’ahnii dashicheii. Tł’ízíłani dashinálí. Shí éí Triston Black yiníshyé.
Triston is of the Towering House clan. Born for the Bitter Water clan. His maternal grandfather is Fold Within Arms clan as well as his paternal grandfather is of the Many Goats clan. He comes from Tsaile, AZ. In that way, he is a Navajo. Triston is an alumni of Navajo Preparatory School and currently a student at Diné College and studying Diné Studies. It's his hope to learn and teach the Navajo language and culture for the future of his people. It is with the guidance from the Diyin Diné’é that he will be able to help serve our Navajo people hopes to represent the Navajo People as a future Navajo Nation President.
Previous Presidents of the Board of Directors
Below is a list of our previous presidents in reverse chronological order. Each president provided their unique leadership style in working with the full board to design and administer our conferences and symposiums.
In 2000, Navajo Studies Conference, Inc. registered as a 501©3 non-profit status organization with the Navajo Nation in Arizona and created our first Board of Directors.
2015-2017: Homer Hubbell
2012-2015: Tiffany S. Lee
2009-2012: Lloyd L. Lee
2007-2009: Lester Tsosie
2006-2007: Miranda Haskie
2004-2006: Lloyd L. Lee
2003-2004: Mary Alice Tsosie
2001-2003: Rena Martin
2000-2001: David Brugge