What we do

Navajo Parks Race Series

The Navajo Parks Race Series was initiated in 2015 in partnership with Navajo Parks & Rec and the Office of Navajo President & Vice President. The intent of the Series is to promote health and wellness, while exposing folks to the beauty of Dine’ Bikeyah. There will be nine events within the tribal parks system in 2018.

Youth Programs

We began offering outdoor adventures for youth in the Shonto community in 1988. Since that time, we have been involved in offering positive programs and activities for youth and communities across the Navajo Nation.

Diné Bike Project

We restore donated, used bikes with a corps of volunteers, bringing hundreds of bikes back to life each year. We find good homes for these bikes in communities across the Navajo Nation, in exchange for trail, bike or other service in their communities.

Trails Initiatives

Our community service initiatives have led to the creation of many miles of trails across the reservation and we now serve in an oversight capacity, promoting the developments of trails across the Nation.

Our mission is to promote community wellness, lifelong fitness and youth empowerment in communities across Dine’ Bikeyah.

Navajo YES is one of the very few Navajo Nation non-profit Youth and Community Organizations that is truly ‘grass-roots’. All monies generated go right back in to Youth Programs. The Executive Director and all Board Members of NavajoYES serve on a voluntary basis.

-Rue Nelson

 

NavajoYes Board of Directors
Tom Riggenbach

Tom Riggenbach

Executive Director

Tom was involved in the conception of NavajoYES in 1994 and has served as the Executive Director on a voluntary basis since 2000. Tom has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of most aspects of the program, serving as trip leader on most youth outings and Tour de Rez, as well as the Race Director for the Navajo Parks Race Series.

Kristine Laughter

Kristine Laughter

President

Kristine has been involved with NavajoYES for over a decade, serving as a trip leader, event volunteer, board member and now President. Originally from Kayenta, Kristine brings a financial background to the organization and now works for Navajo Technical University’s Business Incubator in Gallup.

Phefelia Herbert

Phefelia Herbert

Vice President

Having worked with Dine’ College for many years and now serving as Second Lady of the Navajo Nation, Phefelia brings a unique perspective to the organization. As the mother of two and wife of Vice President Nez, she brings her organizational and grant-writing acumen to the organization. She and her family live in Window Rock.

Scott Nydam

Scott Nydam

Board Member

Scott Nydam is a former pro cyclist and current coach for the BMC Cycling Team. Scott has been a NavajoYES board member since 2015, with a special focus on our bike projects. He is co-owner of Silver Stallion Coffee in Gallup, New Mexico, where he lives with his family.

Aaron Beauford

Aaron Beauford

Member

A social work major at Utah State University, Aaron is a Tour de Rez, Rainbow Bridge and Chuska Challenge alumni, and has volunteered at many events over the past three years. He has been a key player in our trail initiatives and service projects in the Carrizo and Chuska Mountains and on the Rainbow Trail. Aaron hails from Red Valley, Arizona and brings a strong youth perspective to the organization.

Myron Bryant

Myron Bryant

Member

As a five-time Tour de Rez alumni, Myron continues to be involved in the programs and outings of NavajoYES. Myron was a key figure in the development of the Navajo Parks Race Series in the summer of 2015 and was instrumental in plotting the course for the Asaayi Mountain Runs, Rainbow Bridge Ultra and Monument Valley Marathon events. Originally from Shonto, Myron is a junior at Page High School.

Jimmy Keith

Jimmy Keith

Member

The rez-renown flute player has been a part of YES outings and events for over 15 years. “Jimbo” has been a support staff, driver, entertainer/cultural educator and occasional trip leader over the years. Originally from Chilchinbeto, Jimbo has been a Navajo guide in Monument Valley for the past decade.

Irene Dayzie

Irene Dayzie

Member

Irene has been involved in Tour de Rez each summer since 1996, bringing her cooking and camping skills to our annual summer trek. Each of her kids – and now the grandkids – have been a part of the tradition. She has also been a key volunteer on many of our events, and has served on the Board since 2005.

Our Sponsors

Church's Chicken

Navajo Tribal Government

Durango Joe's Coffee

Arizona Women's Partnership

Navajo AML Reclamation

Reevis Begay Foundation

Sacred People Foundation

Navajo United Way

Natural Grocers

Navajo Arts and Crafts

Four Corners Orthodontics & Dental

City Market

Tuba City Regional Health Care

New Mexico Beef Council

Road ID

Wells Fargo

Teec Nos Pos Trading Post

Teec Nos Pos Trading Post

Towering House Event Services

Towering House Event Services

Navajo Transitional Energy Company

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