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NavajoYES is a program geared to fitness and youth empowerment across Diné Bikeyah

EMPOWERING OUR YOUTH WITH AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

Take part in one of many Navajo Parks Race Series events and enjoy the journey

ENJOY THE OUTDOORS WITH OUR TRAIL PROJECTS

Trails, hikes and fresh air is what awaits you!

EDUCATING DINE YOUTH WITH LIFE SKILLS

Our programs are designed to advocate the success of each participant

About Us

ABOUT NAVAJOYES

NavajoYES is comprised of a team of avid outdoor enthusiasts committed to the philosophy that enjoying nature’s natural playground can lead to a healthy and more balanced lifestyle
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NAVAJO PARKS RACE SERIES

Learn more about our Navajo Parks Race Series, registration dates and other exciting events taking place throughout Diné Bikeyah
trails projects

TRAILS PROJECTS

Trails are essential to our mission in empowering youth and promoting a sense that they can affect positive, long-term change in their community.  Restoring old routes, developing and building new trails and promoting trails across the Nation are part of the project.
bikes for kids

BIKES FOR KIDS

Our new Bikes for Kids program is a new effort of NavajoYES to promote fitness at the grassroots level by providing mountain bikes to local communities as a means of surrounding our youth and communities with an “infrastructure of wellness”. Through the program, NavajoYES acquires decent used bikes of all types that we then refurbish and upgrade.
education and outreach

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

We believe passionately in our mission of “promoting community wellness, lifelong fitness and youth empowerment across Dine’ Bikeyah” and we strive to share that message in schools and communities throughout the year
Bike Events

BIKE EVENTS

Bikes have been a big part of the NavajoYES program since our inception and particularly following the birth of Tour de Rez in 1991.

EVENTS ON THE HORIZON

Little Colorado River Half Marathon
Shiprock Marathon
Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon
Asaayi Mountain Runs
Information forthcoming
Code Talker 29K
Information forthcoming
Rainbow Bridge Trail Ultra
Information forthcoming

Monument Valley Marathon
Information forthcoming

Testimonials

Rue Nelson
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 Navajo YES 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. Personally, Tom is an avid runner and backpacker. In 2015, he completed his 100th marathon and qualified for the Boston Marathon for the 4th time. He has cycled from the Arctic to the rez, has trekked in Africa, Nepal and South America and has completed a marathon on all seven continents and in each of the 50 states.

  • Dawn Yazzie
    Dawn Yazzie

    Program Assistant

    Since 2009, Dawn has been a part of NavajoYES outings, Tour de Rez summer treks and community events. Her trails restoration skills, all-around hiking abilities and prowess on a bike have become well-known in the outdoor rez community. In early 2016, Dawn came on board as a program assistant, working on the development and promotion of NavajoYES programs.

  • 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.

  • Kathleen Block
    Kathleen Block

    Secretary-Treasurer

    Having been involved with the organization since its inception in 1994, Kathy brings years of experience and knowledge to the NavajoYES. She has been an integral part of the program, having ridden and volunteered on Tour de Rez for 15 summers, served as trip leader on multiple Grand Canyon and Rainbow Bridge treks and helping organize many events over the past two decades. Two Peace Corps tours in Africa and over 20 years reservation teaching experience provide a strong background.

  • Rue Nelson
    Rue Nelson

    Member

    Rue operated the Chilchinbeto Health Clinic and served at Inscription House and Dennehotso for over a decade of her healthcare career. As Past President, she brings great leadership, grant-writing and organizational talents to NavajoYES. She has been instrumental in the growth of Shiprock Marathon and the Navajo Parks Race Series.

  • 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 sophmore 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.