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Navajo Santa

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.

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Family Delivery

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.

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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.

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Senior Program

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.

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Education Initiative

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.

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Sustainability Program

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

COVID-19 Relief Efforts

COVID-19 Relief Efforts

We've been busy trying to provide relief to the Navajo Nation during this unprecedented time. The nation has experienced some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the country. We are continuing to provide food, masks, sanitizer, and other basic necessities to...

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Jayi Canyon Spring Development

Jayi Canyon Spring Development

Navajo Santa, in cooperation with Engineers Without Borders #EWB and The Bureau of Reclamation constructed the project known as the Jayi Canyon Spring Development from April 30 through May 9th. The project focused on providing spring water to an extended Navajo family...

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Hand Sanitizer Delivered To The Navajo Nation

Hand Sanitizer Delivered To The Navajo Nation

Distillery 36 has provided Navajo Santa with a substantial discount on 300 bottles of hand sanitizer. Navajo Santa, a non-profit group, is helping the Navajo Nation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you Distillery 36 for the generous help and Matt Kankainen for...

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What People Say

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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.
- Tony J Rickards

President, Archer Mechanical & Maintenance, Inc.

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