9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Fri
Chili has served the Shiprock and Navajo Nation for more than 40 years. He is a relentless advocate for labor issues, education, natural resources protection and working against racism. As a champion of Indigenous peoples’ civil and human rights since 1969, one of his proudest achievements was serving as the first chairman of the Navajo Human Rights Commission. Chili’s greatest passions are preserving the Navajo way of life and the health of the earth for the generations to come. He is an author of a chapter titled, Indigenizing Public Education Toward a Diné-Centered Education Model in the book Transforming Diné Education.