Indigenous Solutions with support from the Nation Nation presents

in Public Notice
When:      Saturday, August 11th, 2018  12-6pm
Where:     Chinle Community Center – US-191, Chinle, Arizona 86503.
Contact:   Elena Higgins 505-795-2543 and Lorna Barreras 505-236-9443
Cost: Sliding $5-$10 general admission and $3 elders and under 12 years
All are invited to experience the inaugural Indigenous Solutions Festival on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 in Chinle, Arizona at the Chinle Community Center from 12-6pm.


The Festival is featuring local and national celebrities. The Festival experience includes activities that enrich the lives of indigenous communities. 
Three years in the making, Indigenous Solutions has collaborated with the Navajo Nation, local and national musicians, artists, Deaf motivational speakers, ASL interpreters, health organizations and businesses to highlight native culture and promote healing through storytelling, comedy, food, music and community. 


The resilience of the Diné is perpetual. We’re gathering a festival to share the beauty and blessings of survival, strength and remembering our ways. The Festival will happen in historic Chinle nestled among the sacred rocks of this spiritual center of the Navajo nation. 
Featured artists:
Ernie Tsosie, award-winning actor, comedian, and motivational speaker has worked in films, television, theatre, stand-up comedy and radio, as well as in Native American events, communities, schools and wellness programs. Ernie is proud to be a sober and drug free Native American performer, presenter and role model as a sober, drug-free husband, father and Native American man.
Radmilla Cody a GRAMMY Nominee, multiple Native American Music Awards winner, 46th Miss Navajo Nation, one of NPR’s 50 great voices, a Black History Maker Honoree, and an advocate against domestic abuse and violence. Miss Cody is of the Tla’a’schi’i'(Red Bottom People) clan and is born for the Naahilii (African-Americans).
Indigie Femme the multi award winning duo’s music has been described as, “A twist of world beats lavish the acoustic folk duo who tap into their indigenous roots.” Indigie Femme’s worldly vibrations ignite the collective consciousness to bring hope and healing to Mother Earth through their powerful performances.
Lyla June is a poet, musician, human ecologist, public speaker and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre performance style has invigorated and inspired audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing. Her messages focus on Indigenous rights, supporting youth, inter-cultural healing, historical trauma and traditional land stewardship practices.
Someone’s Sister, the acoustic duo comprised of Georgia Winfree and Katherine Jones. Since their release of their début album, “Hand Me Downs”, they have traveled across the US singing and spreading their message of child abuse prevention.  Their music provides the perfect blending of rock and folk as each artist lends her own life experience to create music unlike any other.
Guest appearances:
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye was born and raised in Shiprock, New Mexico. He grew up in a small farmhouse along the San Juan River with his four brothers and four sisters. His father was a farmer and a Road Man with Azee Bee Nahaghahi. At that time, this practice was considered illegal.
James Wooden Legs, Spiritual Adviser, grew up in the Lame Deer region of the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana. Mr. Wooden Legs is of the 5th generation of his great grandfather, who fought in the Battle of Little Big Horn in Crow Agency, Montana in 1876. Mr. Wooden Legs became Deaf from a bout with spinal meningitis when he was an infant. Mr. Wooden Legs is fluent in both Plains Indian Sign Language and American Sign Language.
Colin Denny is born to Tó’aheedlíiníí (Water Flowing Together People clan) and born for Ma’ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass People clan). And as for my Paternal grandfather’s clan is T ł ‘ízí lání (Many Goat People clan). Colin Denny graduated from Dine Community College in 2016 and currently attends Gallaudet University. Mr. Denny was born Hearing and became Deaf at age 14. He is passionate about pursuing his education and plans to come back to the Navajo Nation to share his knowledge with other Dine Hard of Hearing and Deaf students who struggle with communication access with their families, in the schools, and with their friends.

Wata Revital Arieli was born and raised in Israel with a large extended family. Her grandfather was a cantor in a synagogue and passed her the love for the sacred, music, and prayer. She moved to America at age 22 and worked as an artist in New York for 7 years. Her commitment is to world peace and harmony by implementing ancient peace  principles to daily living.

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