Sherrick Roanhorse works in Government Affairs at PNM Resources, where he collaborates with local government and community leaders from the greater Albuquerque area to work toward positive legislative and policy outcomes. He also engages employees in the public policy process.
Previously, Sherrick served as Chief of Staff at the Office of the Navajo Nation President and Vice President, becoming the youngest chief of staff there, and arguably one of the most influential people in Native America. During his tenure, he helped Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and Vice President Rex Lee Jim streamline government spending, put more resources toward Navajo scholarships, and save energy jobs in the Four Corners area. This included the participation of Shelly being the first President to walk in the Albuquerque Pride Parade.
In 2014, Sherrick was elected to serve on the board of his high school alma mater, the Navajo Preparatory School in Farmington, the first Native American International Baccalaureate (IB) world school. Today, he also serves on the Con Alma Health Foundation, a non-profit that strives to increase health care access for vulnerable communities in New Mexico.
Sherrick was born in Gallup, New Mexico and raised in Steamboat, Navajo Nation (Arizona). He holds a Master of Business Administration and a Dual Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from the University of New Mexico.
Dr. jennifer denetdale
As the first-ever Diné to earn a Ph.D. in History, Dr. Jennifer Denetdale has been a lifelong advocate for our Native youth and the empowerment of Indigenous women of color. Her career has been focused on the academic excellence of Native students who study history, language, and culture.
As an associate professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, she teaches courses in Native American studies with an emphasis on gender and feminism, sovereignty and decolonization.
Dr. Denetdale is a nationally-recognized indigenous scholar that has impacted the lives of countless Native women and children and the human rights of LGBTQ+ families around the world. As an accomplished author who has published three books and has two more in progress, she has offered countless contributions to scholarly articles and peer-reviewed journals in Indian Country. She is a trailblazer in her field and through her work as the first Chairwoman of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission (NNHRC).
Elected in November 2018, Arizona State Representative Arlando Teller is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. With an MA degree in Aeronautical Science and a BS degree in Aviation and Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Representative Teller continues to be one of the few Native American leaders in the Arizona State legislature.
In April, Arlando sponsored a state proclamation recognizing June 2019 as Indigenous LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Arizona. Seen as a bipartisan leader who brings communities together, he continues to be an advocate as a member of the Land & Agriculture and Transportation Committees.
Representative Teller proudly calls Chinle, Arizona, his hometown and recently served the Navajo Nation as the deputy director of the Department of Transportation.
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Located at Shiprock High School is a student organization that is changing lives for young people in the northern portion of New Mexico. Formed in 2018, Chieftain Pride has grown into a club that is a safe and affirming place for its gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit students. Teacher Mrs. Andrea Evans has been its sponsor for the last two years and credits its creation to graduating senior and outgoing president, Adam Pettigrew. Junior Misty Sandovall serves as vice president, Kiara Tom as secretary, and Davasheena Redhouse is in a public relations role.
With nine (9) brave student leaders at the helm, Chieftain Pride meets regularly and has sponsored several community events to promote equality and acceptance among their peers. This is a student organization that exemplifies the true meaning of being Diné and having Pride. There is a bright rainbow in northern Navajo Nation and it shines directly into the classroom of some courageous student leaders and one brave educator.