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
Fifty Whitehorse High School honor roll students, grades 7-12, made a memorable field trip to Arches National Park this past month. The field trip was a reward to the highest performing students for their academic achievements this past year. Most students had never...
Navajo Santa awarded a grant to Whitehorse High School to create a student Wellness Room. The Wellness Room opened in the Fall of 2021 and has been an important asset for students and faculty. The Wellness Room provides a safe environment for students who may be...
Navajo Santa's 2021 Winter Newsletter is now available as a PDF. Navajo Santa had a very successful year of giving on the Navajo Nation this past year despite the ongoing global pandemic. The all volunteer organization was able to deliver targeted assistance on many...
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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