Current Board

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Wendy S. Greyeyes

PRESIDENT

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

Vice President

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. Currently, Colin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy program at the University of Utah.  His research interest focuses on increasing access for Navajo and American Indian students into graduate education.

Bidtah Becker

Treasurer

Bidtah is Kinlichii'nii born for Bilagaanaa, Todachiinii is her chei's clan and Bilagaanaa is her nali's clan. Bidtah is the treasurer for the Navajo Studies Conference.  Bidtah came to the Navajo Studies Board after attending a daylong symposium in Window Rock. Since then she planned for and participated in the Crownpoint and Dilkon symposium.  She finds that these symposiums offer a lot of personal and academic value to the community and provides much needed space to discuss the issues facing the modern Navajo Nation.  She also helped plan the Conferences held at IAIA and NAU. 

Bidtah is currently serving as the Executive Director for the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources.  She was appointed to the position by President Begaye in May 2015 and the Council confirmed her in October of the same year.  She is the first woman to be confirmed to the position. Bidtah is a lawyer by training and earned her law degree from the University of the New School of Law with high honors. While she was in law school, she was a founding member of the Tribal Law Journal, an on-line publication dedicated to discussing internal indigenous law. Bidtah earned her undergraduate degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a degree in international relations, with a focus on Latin America, and proficiency in the Spanish language. Bidtah lives with her husband, Paul Spruhan, and their two beautiful children, Bahe and Tazbah, in Fort Defiance. Bahe and Tazbah attend Tseghahoodzani Dine Bi'Olta, a Navajo language immersion school for grades K - 6. Bidtah highly recommends this school to any parents thinking about where to send their children to school.

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Lloyd l. Lee

sECRETARY

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.

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Miranda Haskie

Board of Director

Miranda Haskie is Ashiihi (Salt clan) born for Tli'izi lani (Many Goats clan), her Chei is Kinlichiinii (Red House clan) and Todichiinii (Bitterwater clan) are her naali. She is from and resides in Lukachukai, AZ. She successfully co-led students from Diné College and Winona State University in partnership to produce 27 Navajo living histories now archived at the National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Institution. Her research interests include Navajo oral history, Navajo culture and language preservation and Navajo history. She is currently a faculty member of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona. She teaches Sociology. As a professor, she strives to provide the Navajo perspective through a sociological lens and to enhance student understanding of the sociology discipline. She holds a B.A. in Sociology (University of New Mexico), a M.A. in Sociology (New Mexico State University) and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change (Fielding Graduate University). 

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homer Hubbell

Board of Director

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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Carmenlita Chief

Board of Director

Carmenlita Chief is Kinłichíi’nii and born for the Lok’aa’ Diné’e. Her maternal grandfathers are Hónagháahnii. Her paternal grandfathers are Yé’ii Diné’e Táchii’nii. She is from Kayenta, AZ. Carmenlita is currently a Senior Program Coordinator within the Center for Health Equity Research at Northern Arizona University, where she lends her qualitative research expertise and knowledge of community engagement practices in tribal communities to a multitude of public health-related projects. Her interests lie in utilizing Indigenous research methods to promote health and wellness in Indigenous communities and better inform health policy development. Carmenlita also serves as Vice-President on the governing board for Kayenta Boarding School. She earned her Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in health behavior and health promotion from the University of Arizona, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Biology from Arizona State University. In her career spanning over a decade, Carmenlita has served several southwest tribal communities in the areas of public health research, public health policy development, early childhood system assessment, environmental quality protection, government communications, and journalism. She is an alumna of Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, Arizona. 

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nathaniel brown

Board of Director

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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Triston B. Black

Board of Director

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