• The ‘Reasonable Radical’ Duane Yazzie’s Career of Activism and Service

    via Indian Country Today Media Network

    When a journalist asks Duane “Chili” Yazzie a question, he takes his time. He mulls the question, selects his words carefully and carefully forms his answer. Yazzie, 62, is no stranger to the media. He estimates he has granted 60 interviews since embarking on a lifelong journey as a Navajo activist and politician.

    “I think of myself as the reasonable radical,” he said of his career, which shows no signs of slowing down. “My commitment to Native issues and human rights is clear and I will do what I believe I need to do to promote and defend those rights and causes.”


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  • Testimony Of Duane H. Yazzie Before The US Human Rights Network

    JULY 29, 2014

    Gallup, NM

    We are thankful to have this US Human Rights Network hearing here in Gallup, NM. My name is Duane Yazzie, I am currently the President of the Shiprock Chapter; the Shiprock community is 90 minutes north of Gallup. I am the former Chairman of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission.

    The point of concern I will address today is the horrendous fracking (hydraulic fracturing) activity that is occurring in the northeast part of our Navajo Nation. I am of the contention that there has been flagrant violation of the right to the Free, Prior and Informed Consent article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Continue Reading

  • Duane “Chili” Yazzie For President

  • Leonard Peltier Day – June 26, 2014 – 39 years

    via leonardpeltier.info

    “Greetings my Relatives, Friends and Supporters

    As I have said so many times in the past I am deeply and truly honored that you remember me on this day and I am honored to have my words read to you today.  I think this commemoration day should be about the lives of all our people who in some way lived and died for us.

    By the time of the Oglala shoot-out there had already been some 60 something of our Native people killed.  These people are the ones we are commemorating here today.  I always especially remember Joe Stunz,  who was a mentor to some of the younger boys in the community.

    Of all the things I want us to remember today and everyday, I want us to remember who WE are, I want us to remember where WE came from, I want us to remember our ancestors that we are so proud of , and I want us to live in such a way that our children and our children’s-children will look back at us and be proud of who they are because of what we were. Continue Reading

  • Chili Yazzie Calling The Navajo Nation Council “Out Of Order”

    Word is out that Chili Yazzie, the man that accused Johnny Naize of being “out of order”, intends to run for Navajo president.  (story)  What, is everybody from Shiprock running for Navajo president?  Are there any female candidates running for Navajo president?  I thought this was the 2010’s.

    Chili Yazzie does have guts to make his voice heard when something is not in order.  I also thought it was interesting that he is using a Navajo traditional method of obtaining leadership.  He is getting the approval of the local community before going to the bigger level.

    I’ve heard of this process before.

    Maybe this is what we need to go back to.

  • Duane ‘Chili’ Yazzie’s Grassroots Campaign for the Navajo Presidency

    via Indian Country Today Media Network

    Duane “Chili” Yazzie is looking for 1,500 Navajo voters to chip in one dollar each.

    During a special meeting April 12 at the Shiprock, New Mexico, Chapter House, Yazzie, a career politician and activist, officially announced his intention to run for president of the Navajo Nation. Promising a “down-home, homemade, grassroots, Hogan-level campaign,” Yazzie wants to start by raising asking supporters to help raise the $1,500 filing fee due May 28.

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  • Presidential Announcement!

    Duane H. Yazzie has announced his candidacy for the office of the President of the Navajo Nation! Join us on the campaign trail towards securing our future through our Dine’ traditional ways and values!

  • Riding With The Navajo: Finding Harmony In The Heart Of Native America

    via Postive News UK

    by Aaron Millar

    I am riding with the Navajo. A swirling desert wind twists the red earth into dust devils that rattle our horses and scrape against the towering sandstone pinnacles and flat orange mesas of Monument Valley. In Native mythology this iconic, wind-sculpted landscape in the southwest of the United States is sacred: each dramatic buttress believed to be the fallen carcass of a defeated monster, slain by the holy people to protect the Navajo.


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