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
Navajo Santa is getting ready to head back to school. This year we've selected Bluff Elementary as our 2021 Navajo Santa Goes to School program recipient. The Navajo Santa Goes to School program was developed to serve school-aged children living on the Utah Strip of...
With the impacts of the pandemic continuing on the reservation, Navajo Santa made two Mega Food Deliveries to Aneth Community School on March 2 and Bluff Elementary School on April 13. The pallets were delivered to the schools and faculty and staff boxed the items for...
Navajo Santa's Winter Newsletter is now available as a PDF. Despite travel restrictions related to the global pandemic, Navajo Santa managed to successfully deliver care packages and Christmas gifts to 35 individuals from 11 families in the Rock Point Chapter area of...
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