Ya’at’eeh Keshmish, a non-profit organization known as Navajo Santa, strives to enhance the lives of Navajo people living in southeast Utah through the spirit of giving while fostering trust and respect between cultures.
Throughout history, Navajos living on the Utah Strip of the Navajo Nation are among the most isolated and neglected groups in the United States.
Navajo Santa’s efforts bring relief, aid, support, and a bit of cheer to Navajo students, elders, chapter houses, and families in need, not just during the Christmas holidays but all year long.
Based on a Sub-for-Santa model, this program reaches families on the Navajo Nation who are most isolated and with the greatest need. Those who have suffered a job loss, house fire, medical emergency, or other distress make their way onto our lists.
Goes To School
Navajo Santa Goes to School program provides school-aged children living on the Utah Strip of the Navajo Nation, with school supplies and aims to encourage student confidence and joy in learning.
The senior program was established to serve Navajo elders. Each year we interview administrators of the Chapter House Senior Centers obtaining a “wish list” of needed items for their facilities and programs.
With the goal to expand the educational experience for high school students living on the Navajo Nation, Navajo Santa offers financial support for extracurricular activities that include cultural enhancement and field trips.
Many areas on Navajo Nation are very remote, with numerous people still living without running water and electricity. Navajo Santa strives to support the Navajo community through funding of items that provide a greater, sustainable standard of living to individuals, families, and chapter houses.
Navajo Santa News
Gifts, Food and Holiday Joy for the Oljato Senior Center
The Oljato Senior Center was chosen for our 2022 Navajo Santa Senior Center Program. The center is situated in picturesque Monument Valley, Utah, and serves approximately 180 elders. Founding Board Member, Marianne Felt, worked with the Oljato Senior Center...
Navajo Santa Visits the Oljato Community
Situated near the Utah and Arizona border amongst the beautiful and iconic landscape of Monument Valley is the community of Oljato, the location for the 2022 Navajo Santa Family Delivery, which took place on December 3. Based on a Sub-for-Santa model, this program...
Navajo Santa Goes to School at Tse’Bii’Nidzisgai Elementary
Navajo Santa welcomed the students of Tse'Bii'Nidzisgai Elementary of Monument Valley back to school on August 19. Each student received school supplies, a backpack and a school mascot sweatshirt. We provided the principal with a check for $2,000 to be used for needed...
What People Say
The experience we get is incredible and it means just as much to us, as it does to the communities we serve. Our family gets to meet and support some of the world’s most amazing people, in need of so much.
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