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
As in years past Navajo Santa held its Family Delivery on the Navajo Nation just before Christmas. To comply with the Nation’s COVID-19 lock-down mandate we delayed our early December visit until we could do so safely and modified our delivery logistics. Our liaisons...
The T'iis Nazbas Community School (K-8th) held a Christmas ornament art contest for the students of this Teec Nos Pos school. Navajo Santa contributed markers and glitter gel pens to each of the 100 students. The school provided the ornaments. Currently on a...
It's been quite a year! 2020 and the COVID-19 virus has taken a toll on all of us, but the Navajo community has felt its impact the hardest. Navajo Santa has been pushed to act in innovative ways. While we've continued to operate our core programs (albeit with some...
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