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
On October 27th, Travis Hale of Ponds Plumbing donated his trailer and truck to pick up, pack and deliver the 14,000 lbs. of food to the Aneth Community School. The principal, Dr. William Royal, was there to receive the delivery. There is enough food for 126 families...
Three rain harvesters funded by Navajo Santa through an American Express grant have been completed this past summer. The rain harvesters are an essential tool to capture rainwater that is stored in a water tank. Rain harvesters provide Navajos living in remote, rural...
This year, Navajo Santa selected Aneth Community School for our "Navajo Santa Goes to School" program. With the generous support of the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Wasatch Containers, and the Ken Garff Automotive Group, Navajo Santa provided...
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