Diné Nízhoní Incorporated seeks to help with the preservation and revitalization of Diné culture and language, while helping our communities become more self-reliant and self-sustainable. Connecting today's generation with our history and heritage.
Dine Nizhoni Incorporated is a 501(c)3 public charity Non-profit corporation registered in the state of Utah that functions under the direction of a 100 percent Diné (Navajo) Board of Directors.
DNI has existed within San Juan County, UT for the last 2 decades. DNI used to be an Non-Profit extension of Blue Mountain Dine Community, a Off-reservation community group that helps Navajo residents with housing, education support and community organization. When the UNRHF started to help BMDC by funding them, we had decided to split to help reach more people, we wanted to help both on and off reservation Navajo residents of San Juan County, UT. In 2012, we decided to change our name to 'Shash Jaa' Educational Services', and provided long distance learning assistance and school scholarships. And when Bears Ears National Monument started to become a local topic of debate and gaining national coverage, we thought it best to once again change our name and we finally found our new vision and mission to help our people become more self sustainability and we decided on 'Dine Nizhoni Incoprorated' Dine is the Navajo word for our people or 'The People' and Nizhoni is Navajo for beauty, good and healthy. And thats what we want to achieve to help our people become symbols of change and unity within their communities.
Hozho means ’to be at peace with one’s self, and your surroundings, to live in harmony with the earth and with other peoples, to have all things in your life be well-balanced. and to simply walk in beauty. We strive to see our people achieve a sense of Hózhó in all their endeavors.
Clayton has been an educator for most of his life, helping students learn the Navajo language and culture as a teacher, bilingual director and translator. He hopes to help find ways to preserve our culture.
Andrew has lived in Blanding most of his life, volunteering with various groups since middle school, and has ran many businesses since the age of 13. He currently owns a Graphic Design business that specializes in Native lifestyle and culture.
Reagan has grow up in this area when she was younger, and got a Master's Degree in Agriculture, and currently heads the Extension Program at Utah State University, she works with communities and tribes at large, as a way to give back.
Micah is from Montezuma Creek, involved with Navajo clubs in school, and got a Bachelor's Degree from Dartmouth in Elementary Education. She's currently an Elementary school teacher and looking for new ways to preserve our culture.
Justina has grown up from this area with her family, and was involved with youth programs, and works to continue these kind of programs for the local youth.
Frances went from working at an animal shelter to creating another place for them to go to help alleviate the strain on overflowing shelters. Every animal that comes through the doors will be kept and cared for until they find their forever home. Providing a safe environment, obedience training, and top-notch medical care, the team focuses on healing the animal's body and mind.
The team is dedicated to finding the best family possible for each animal, working to reduce the stress on them. Whether it's a foster or forever home, thorough inspection and check ups are required before an animal is placed. Above all else, the health, safety and happiness of each animal is our focus.
Our staff, volunteers, doctors, nurses and cleaners all get to know our pets and help build each animal's biography to give hopeful adopters the most complete information possible. Come by the facility to ask any questions, to volunteer or to schedule a visit with an animal!