Keynote Speakers

This year, we are featuring leading voices from Utah Diné Bikéyah, whose mission is to: "Preserve and protect the cultural and natural resources of ancestral Native American lands to benefit and bring healing to people and the Earth".

 

Utah Diné Bikéyah works with elders, youth, local communities, and provides supports to the five tribes - Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute, and Uintah Ouray Ute - who are leading the effort to defend Bears Ears National Monument. 


To learn more about Utah Diné Bikéyah visit their website here.

 


Bears Ears National Monument- An Opportunity for Healing

Past, Present, and Future of Bears Ears National Monument.
Native American Tribes, Cultural Practice, and an invitation to rediscover our human ties to the earth.


 

Moderator: Gavin Noyes
Executive Director
Utah Diné Bikéyah

Presenter: Angelo Baca

Cultural Resources Coordinator
Utah Diné Bikéyah

 

Presenter: Jonah Yellowman
Spiritual Advisor
Utah Diné Bikéyah

Gavin holds degrees in natural resources and public policy, studied ceramic arts in Japan, and has worked with Tribes in the southwest for 10 years. He has experience in land planning, grassroots organizing, facilitation, and program evaluation.

 


Angelo Baca is a Navajo/ Hopi filmmaker and a PhD candidate in Anthropology at NYU.

Expertise includes food, wellness, native youth, and indigenous international repatriation.

 
Jonah Yellowman is a member of the Oljato Chapter of the Navajo (Diné) Nation. Jonah lives in Monument Valley, Utah and is the "Spiritual Advisor" and a founding Board Member of Utah Diné Bikéyah. Jonah is an artist (painter, singer, ceremonial artist, and a traditionalist). He has six daughters and regularly conducts healing ceremonies to help people heal their minds and thoughts.