Duane Chili Yazzie

Traditional Ecological Knowledge/Environmental Health Co-Keynote Speaker

Chili has served Shiprock and the Navajo Nation for 45 years, currently serving as the Shiprock Chapter President. His leadership was tested with the Gold King Mine Spill of August 2015, when the deluge of over 3 million gallons of contaminated mine waste water threatened the traditional Navajo agricultural communities along the San Juan River.

An activist all of his adult life, he is concerned for the civil and human rights of people, the attainment of a true Indigenous Sovereign status, environmental justice, the climate crisis and the future of our grandchildren.